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American Airlines Bolsters Commitment to New York

American Airlines Bolsters Commitment to New York

At a press conference in New York City today, American Airlines announced it is bolstering its commitment to New York by adding 7 new destinations from New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports, enhancing the travel experience with upgraded aircraft and new partnerships, and upgrading its aircraft and terminal facilities. Specifically, American and American Eagle will:

  • Begin service from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Launch service from LaGuardia Airport to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
  • Combined with previous announcements, today’s new markets bring the total number of new routes to 13 for 2010. See New Routes Summary.
  • The airline will also assign two-class CRJ-700s to upgrade existing routes from JFK, offering First Class service to Washington Reagan, Boston, and Toronto starting in early 2011. New American Eagle Bombardier CRJ-700 airplanes, outfitted with First Class as well as Coach Class, will be flown on the new routes from LaGuardia to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, and Charlotte, NC.

American reached an agreement with JetBlue Airways for commercial collaboration in New York and Boston that benefits customers of both airlines. The companies are also exploring other commercial cooperation.

  • The partnership will focus on routes into and out of JFK and Boston Logan International Airport that extend and complement each others’ networks.
  • JetBlue customers will be able to connect on flights to 12 of American’s international destinations from JFK and Boston including Barcelona, Spain and Tokyo, Japan.
  • On domestic routes where the carriers don’t currently compete, American customers can book convenient, nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK and Boston to 18 domestic markets.
  • Under terms of the agreement, American intends to transfer eight slot pairs at Ronald Reagan National Airport and one slot pair at White Plains, N.Y. to JetBlue, and JetBlue intends to transfer 12 slot pairs at JFK to American.
  • The agreement will generate more traffic and support for American’s planned joint business with oneworld partners British Airways and Iberia between North America and Europe and with Japan Airlines between North America and Asia. The announcement builds on American’s “cornerstone” network strategy.

American plans improvements to its facilities at LaGuardia and JFK. In addition, an expanded partnership with NYC & Company was announced.

  • The company will also renovate its LaGuardia Admirals Club and the interior of Concourse D. Once Concourse D is completed, American anticipates undertaking similar renovations in Concourse C. The total cost of these LaGuardia improvements is estimated to be $30 million.
  • American Airlines and British Airways are currently evaluating a proposal by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop an expansion of the new state-of-the-art $1.3 billion international Terminal 8 to allow the airlines to co-locate their operations.
  • American’s expanded partnership agreement with NYC & Company will promote the airline and attract more travelers to New York City – one of the city’s most important priorities and a key to its economic vitality.

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