American Airlines, Delta & United Airlines: New Routes & Schedule Changes

New Routes

Delta Adds Iceland and Limited Wide-Body Atlanta-West Coast Flights

Iceland

Delta has announced a new daily seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from 26 May 2016.

Delta will fly the route using 199-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft offering 20 seats in the premium cabin, 29 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 150 in Economy Class.

DL260 MSP 21:52 – 09:00+1 day KEF (Daily)
DL261 KEF 08:30 – 10:00 MSP (Daily)

The service is scheduled to run between 26 May and 5 September 2016.

US West Coast

For a limited period of time in Q1 2016 Delta will fly a number of Airbus A330-300 between Atlanta and the West Coast.

The two cities being served will be San Francisco and Los Angeles and, despite the short window of opportunity, the wide-body service should give Delta flyers a little bit more comfort if they’re sitting up front.

Atlanta – San Francisco Service 07 Jan– 11 Feb 2016

DL1775 ATL 17:36 – 20:01 SFO (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun)
DL1775 ATL 17:36 – 19:57 SFO (Sat)

DL061 SFO 08:55 – 16:34 ATL (Mon, Thur, Fri)
DL061 SFO 08:55 – 16:33 ATL (Sat)

Atlanta – Los Angeles Service 12 Feb – 1  Mar 2016

DL1655 ATL 09:59 – 12:00 LAX (Daily)
DL1754 LAX 12:30 – 19:45 ATL (Daily)

Delta A330-300Image courtesy of CalFlier001 via Flickr

American Airlines Adds New Cancun Routes & Expands Dreamliner Service to Chile

Cancun

American Airlines has announces a series of “Saturday Only” services between US cities and Cancun scheduled to start on 5 March 2016.

While the routes are still subject to government approval (a rubber stamping exercise) the schedules are expected to be as follows:

Kansas City – Cancun

AA2620 MCI 07:00 – 11:27 CUN (Sat)
AA2620 CUN 12:25 – 15:01 MCI (Sat)

Nashville – Cancun

AA736 BNA 07:00 – 10:07 CUN (Sat)
AA736 CUN 11:05 – 14:06 BNA (Sat)

Pittsburgh – Cancun

AA796 PIT 07:00 – 11:01 CUN (Sat)
AA796 CUN 12:00 – 15:27 PIT (Sat)

Raleigh – Cancun

AA2610 RDU 07:05 – 09:25 CUN (Sat)
AA2610 CUN 10:25 – 14:15 RDU (Sat)

The Kansas City – Cancun service will be served by Boeing 737-800 aircraft while the remaining routes will be flown by Airbus A319.

American recently announced a retrofit of its Airbus A319s (primarily a legacy from US Airways) which will see all aircraft equipped with AC power ports at every seat and new overhead bins with increased carry-on space (handy for avoiding those checked bag fees).

The aircraft will be configured with 128 seats including 8 in First Class and 18 in Main Cabin Extra.

American Airlines A319Image courtesy of Eric Sallard via Flickr

Chile

American Airlines has updated its operations between Dallas and Santiago Chile and the change shows the airline operating the route with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a permanent basis.

American had already scheduled the Dreamliner to fly the route between 17 December and 4 January but it now looks like the Boeing 777-200 that flew the route has been permanently removed from the schedule.

Operations with the 787 Dreamliner will commence, as planned, on 17 December 2015 and the route will be flown on the following schedule:

AA945 DFW 21:50 – 10:18+1 day SCL (Daily)
AA940 SCL 22:25 – 05:37+1 day DFW (Daily)

United Airlines Removes 787-9 Dreamliner from London Route

It was all over before it had even started. United had been scheduled to fly their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Los Angeles and London from 5 April 2016 but not any longer.

The latest schedule update from United Airlines shows that the Boeing 777-200 that already operates the route will continue serving the London market from Los Angeles past the 5 April cut-off point.

UA934 LAX 17:45 – 12:20+1 day LHR (Daily)
UA935 LHR 10:35 – 13:50 LAX (Daily)

United Airlines B797-9Image courtesy of Colin Brown via Flickr

Disappointing news for anyone who booked the London flights hoping to try out the 787-9 Dreamliner – an old 777-200 really isn’t the same – but good news for anyone wishing to fly to London in United’s First Class.  While the 787-9 has “BusinessFirst” as its top-tier cabin, the 777-200 has 8 First Class seats at the front of the aircraft.

What you gain in First Class you lose in BusinessFirst – the 787-9 Dreamliner comes with 48 BusinessFirst seats while the 777-200 has just 40. If you were booked on the Dreamliner I’d check your new seat allocation on the 777-200 because the options are not nearly as good.

Featured image: E Dronkert via Flickr