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American bolsters Caribbean, Hawaii; ending Chicago-Beijing

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American bolsters Caribbean, Hawaii; ending Chicago-Beijing
Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
May 2, 2018

American Airlines rolled out a wide-ranging set of route adjustments Wednesday that will see the carrier bolster service to Hawaii and the Caribbean and suspend a major route to China.

The changes bring new Caribbean routes to four of American’s hubs, including four from Chicago O’Hare and two from Charlotte. Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth each get one new Caribbean route, though Miami’s introduces a new destination to American’s route map: St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (Scroll down for details on all of the new routes)

American says that route will make it the only U.S. carrier to fly to the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which opened a new airport in 2017. In addition, Miami also is slated to receive one additional flight on seven of American's existing routes to Caribbean destinations such as Barbados, Curacao, St. Lucia and the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo.

Additionally, Chicago O’Hare will gain a seasonal wintertime route to Honolulu, which American plans to fly with Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliner” widebody jets. That daily service will launch Dec. 19, restoring a route that American last flew in 2014.

American spokeswoman Nichelle Tait told USA TODAY's Today in the Sky blog that American discontinued the Chicago-Honolulu route in 2014 during poor economic conditions.

"We now see economic recovery and believe there’s an opportunity to try it again," she said about the upcoming resumption of service.

American also revealed plans to suspend its high-profile service between Chicago O’Hare and Beijing in October, saying it's seeking a “dormancy waiver” from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the route. If granted, such a waiver would allow American to hold on to the rights to the route with the hope of restoring it later. Flight rights for routes between the USA and China’s major airports are tightly regulated, and airlines typically compete vigorously to win rights to fly them.

“The current fare environment severely limits our ability to successfully compete between Chicago and Beijing,” Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network & Schedule Planning, said in a statement. “We remain committed to China and anticipate that moving to the new Beijing airport in the future will improve the viability of the route through the additional connectivity in conjunction with our codeshare relationship with China Southern in the long run.”

American said its last Beijing-bound flight will depart Chicago on Oct. 20 with the return leaving China for Chicago on Oct. 22.

Chicago O’Hare
  • Honolulu (HNL): Seasonal; daily service starts Dec. 19. Flights will be on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Tickets go on sale May 7.

    Aruba (AUA): Seasonal; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.

    Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM): Seasonal; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.

    Nassau, Bahamas (NAS): Seasonal; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.

    Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (NAS): Seasonal; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.
Charlotte
  • Eleuthera, Bahamas (ELH): Year-round; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.

    Marsh Harbour, Bahamas (MHH): Year-round; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Embraer E175 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.
Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Aruba (AUA): Year-round; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets go on sale May 14.
Miami
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVD): Year-round; Saturday-only service begins Dec. 22. Flights will be on Airbus A319 aircraft. Tickets expected to go on sale May 14.

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