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American Airlines has just announced that it will be adding a number of new routes to its network towards the end of this year with seasonal and year-round flights set to start up to destinations in Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The airline will also be adding a number of new domestic routes designed to link into the new sunshine routes later this year.
American Airlines New Mexico Routes
Acapulco and Huatulco are new destinations for American Airlines while the new year-round route between Phoenix and Chihuhaha will be flown in addition to the service already offered out of Dallas Ft. Worth.
The Embraer E175 aircraft which will fly to Acapulco and Huatulco will offer 12 seats in the First Class cabin and 64 seats in Coach with 20 of the Coach seats (the first five rows in the cabin) classified as Main Cabin Extra seats.
American Airlines New Caribbean/Latin America Routes
It’s nice to see that the majority of these routes will be operated year-round and it’s nice to see that at least one of the routes is being offered out of New York (a city American sometimes appears to have forgotten) but it’s a little disappointing to see that all of these new services will only operate on Saturdays.
It’s probably worth pointing out that the flying distance between Charlotte and Grenada is around 2,000 miles and the flying distance between Chicago and St Lucia is a little over 2,500 miles (further than Los Angeles to New York) so, with American Airlines operating an Airbus A319 on these routes (which offers just 30″ of legroom in Economy Class), I would probably do everything possible to avoid these flights if I couldn’t reserve an exit row or a Main Cabin Extra seat where passengers are given 34″ of legroom and have a chance of getting some blood flowing through their legs.
American Airlines New Domestic Routes
American Airlines says that the 3 new routes to Miami are designed to give customers more opportunity to connect to all the Caribbean/Latin America/South America flights that the airline offers out of its Florida hub.
Some of the other flights have been designed to intersect with the new sunshine routes being offered out of airports like Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago O’Hare and Phoenix while the new Philadelphia – Vail route is clearly being introduced to capture more ski season travelers.
All of these new routes will be available to book from 13 May 2019.