Want to spot a legacy American Airlines Airbus A319? Head to Dallas/Fort Worth where the type remains almost exclusively based since its introduction to the carrier’s fleet at the Texas airport last year.
The network for the type has varied little from what American outlined prior to its introduction of the aircraft in September 2013, a Flightglobal analysis of the carrier’s June schedule on Innovata FlightMaps Analytics finds. Only one route does not touch Dallas/Fort Worth: Chicago O’Hare to Jackson Hole.
The same is true for the Boeing 777-300ER and the Embraer 175, which Fort Worth, Texas-based American also introduced in 2013. The 777s can be found on largely the same international trunk routes to London Heathrow and Sao Paulo Guarulhos that American disclosed prior to its entry-into-service in January 2013, Innovata FlightMaps shows.
The only addition for the Boeing widebody is Dallas/Fort Worth-Hong Kong, which begins on 11 June.
Why the lack of network expansion for the aircraft types? American’s merger with US Airways in December 2013 likely played the largest role. A management preference to keep significant additional changes to the network and fleet at a minimum until the new Doug Parker-led management team took over would be understandable.
The 777-300ER had entered service and the A319 and E175 deliveries scheduled and initial schedules developed before the merger was announced on 14 February 2013.
A limited number of airframes likely also played a role. American would be best able to maximise economies of scale for each of the three aircraft types by keeping them focused on certain bases or trunk routes. It anticipates having 19 A319s, 13 777-300ERs and 30 E175s in its fleet (not including US Airways aircraft) at the end of June, according to an April fleet plan.
The A319 is only scheduled to operate 2.2% of American’s flights, the 777-300ER less than 1% and the E175 4.7% in June, according to Innovata.