American Airlines has suspended flights to Sydney, Tel Aviv and more in a move that is being widely seen as the airline’s way of punishing Boeing for its alleged poor performance. The decision comes after American accused Boeing of not delivering planes on time. As many see it, though, American just wants fewer passengers because they don’t have enough planes to fly them all.
American Airlines cancels flights to Sydney, Tel Aviv, and other destinations, blaming Boeing falsely.
on February 19, 2022 by Gary Leff
Seattle – London and Bangalore, Dallas – Santiago and Tel Aviv, Miami – Sao Paulo, and Los Angeles – Sydney flights have been suspended or delayed by American Airlines. They’re blaming it on Boeing 787-8 delivery delays, which are the consequence of manufacturing and regulatory difficulties at the planemaker.
They’ll get compensation from Boeing, which will cover the money they would have gained with these aircraft if they hadn’t flown! However, the fact is that the shortage of available aircraft is at least as much, if not more, American’s responsibility as Boeing’s.
American Airlines has already reduced its China schedule and canceled flights to Hong Kong, as well as flights to Edinburgh, Shannon, Dubrovnik, and Prague.
I stated two months ago why the United States’ shortage of aircraft was their own responsibility.
It isn’t accurate that American Airlines ‘doesn’t have’ the widebodies needed to run the schedule they want. They do, in fact, have aircraft. And [any] shortage of airplanes is equally theirs and Boeing’s problem.
They withdrew their Boeing 757s and 767s during the epidemic. Their Embraer E-190s were withdrawn. They also decommissioned their Airbus A330s. The fleet was so streamlined. It means they won’t have to train pilots for as many planes, and they won’t have to pay for replacement parts for all of them. However, this implies they will have significantly fewer aircraft.
Some of the aircraft they sold, like as 767s, are currently used by Amazon to transport packages. The leases on the Airbus A330s that American decommissioned are still being paid. The aircraft’ pilots are no longer qualified to fly them, but there’s still time to prepare them for summer 2022. Returning the aircraft to service would be too costly for American.
The A330s of American Airlines did not have to be retired. Those might have flown routes that the Boeing 787-8 was supposed to fly, avoiding the need to cancel flights with Boeing 787-9s to destinations like Sydney in order to find a replacement aircraft. Despite the fact that this was the story they gave in exchange for $10 billion in taxpayer money, American opted not to “stay ready to fly when consumers were ready to return.”
They elected not to spend money on keeping pilots up to date and ready to fly the aircraft, for example. They’ve also opted not to bring the aircraft back from the desert and re-train the pilots, preferring Boeing compensation to transporting passengers to the destinations they’d promised.
Changes to the schedule should take place during the course of the night tonight. If you wish to book mileage awards on routes that are being suspended in the hopes that American will reaccommodate you (for example, if you want to travel to Australia and be reaccommodated on Qantas), you should book them now. Awards may be canceled and miles redeposited at no cost if things don’t work out as planned.