American Airlines and JetBlue have just announced another major expansion in New York and Boston.
Fueled by the two carriers’ nascent Northeast Alliance, the carriers are adding a slew of new routes, touching down in new countries and improving the passenger experience both on the ground and in the air.
Let’s dive into the details.
American Airlines will add new India flight, 7 new routes
The Northeast Alliance is fueling American’s long-haul ambitions from New York-JFK.
On Wednesday, the carrier announced its newest international service, to New Delhi (DEL) beginning Oct. 31, with three-weekly flights from JFK. The route will operate daily during the peak holiday period from Nov. 17 to Jan. 3. Cirium schedules show that AA last served Delhi with flights from Chicago (ORD) in March 2012.
American will deploy its 273-seat Boeing 777-200 on the 7,318-mile route. The aircraft is equipped with 37 business-class pods, 24 premium economy recliners and 212 coach seats.
New Delhi joins four other new AA long-haul routes from JFK, including Athens (ATH) launching on June 3, Tel Aviv (TLV) starting May 6, and Santiago (SCL) and Rio de Janeiro (GIG) beginning in the coming months.
Domestically, American will add the following six routes, split equally between Boston and New York LaGuardia (LGA):
|Cincinnati (CVG)||Boston (BOS)|
|St. Louis (STL)||Boston (BOS)|
|Toronto (YYZ)||Boston (BOS)|
|Houston (IAH)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)|
|Oklahoma City (OKC)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)|
|Omaha, Nebraska (OMA)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)|
All of the carrier’s new domestic routes will launch on Nov. 2. Most will be operated by American Eagle affiliate Republic Airways on the Embraer 175 regional jet. American will fly the LGA to IAH and BOS to STL flights with its 128-seat Airbus A319.
As part of the news, American has also reaffirmed its commitment to remove all 50-seat regional aircraft from New York by the summer in favor of larger jets that feature both a first-class and coach cabin. (American recently made a similar move for its Washington, D.C., routes.)
JetBlue is adding 17 routes, 2 new countries, 7 new cities
Thanks to the partnership, JetBlue will land in Canada and Honduras for the first time beginning later this year. Additionally, the New York-based carrier is adding service to cities across the Midwest and the southern U.S., as well as to points in Mexico, with 17 new routes. To fuel the growth, the carrier will return the majority of its parked aircraft to service.
You’ll find a full list of new JetBlue routes below:
|San Antonio (SAT)||Boston (BOS), New York-JFK||October 2021|
|San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)||New York-JFK||December 2021|
|Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR)||New York-JFK||First quarter 2022|
|Kansas City (MCI)||Boston (BOS), New York-JFK||Second quarter 2022|
|Milwaukee (MKE)||Boston (BOS), New York-JFK||Second quarter 2022|
|Vancouver (YVR)||Boston (BOS) – Seasonal, New York-JFK||Summer 2022|
|Asheville, North Carolina (AVL)||Boston (BOS) – Seasonal||Summer 2022|
|Jacksonville (JAX)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||October 2021|
|Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||October 2021|
|Savannah (SAV)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||October 2021|
|New Orleans (MSY)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||First quarter 2022|
|Nashville (BNA)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||Second quarter 2022|
|Portland, Maine (PWM)||New York LaGuardia (LGA)||Summer 2022|
Many of the launch details for the new routes, such as frequency, aircraft type and commencement date, remain up in the air, but JetBlue promises more information in the coming months. Of course, everything is subject to change due to pandemic-related travel restrictions and demand forecasts.
As noted, Vancouver will be JetBlue’s first city in Canada, a milestone for the nearly 22-year-old carrier that’s long heard requests to begin flying north of the border.
“Almost since day one, both our customers and crewmembers have been asking us to add flights to the middle of the country and into Canada,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s head of revenue and planning…