American Airlines News: New Flights between LAX and BOS, Expanded Partnership with China Southern Airlines, New Concourse at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

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Not everyone loves American Airlines, and for good reasons. Like their recently announced change to fly the Boeing 737MAX between Miami and Brasilia, Brazil. American’s Boeing 737Max has more seats and smaller bathrooms than any other of their previous planes. Also, seatback entertainment is completely missing. Nowadays everyone is bringing their own devices aboard and in-flight streaming became a standard. Therefore this change is not that negative. American’s 737MAX planes also feature a smartphone holder in the seatback and window-less “window seats”.

However, flying this plane between Miami and Brasilia is just an awful decision. The flight logs just under 8 hours each way and was served until now by American’s Boeing 757-200. The 737MAX is ok for short distances. I fly American Airlines a lot because they are convenient where I have to go most throughout the year.

New Transcontinental Service Between Los Angeles and Boston on Premium Airbus A321T Aircraft

American is already flying the A321T between JFK and LAX as well as JFK and SFO. Beginning April 2, 2019, they will add the route between LAX and BOS. The A321T has three cabins: First Class, Business Class, and Main Cabin which also has 36 Main Cabin Extra seats. Flagship First and Flagship Business passengers can enjoy fully lie-flat seats, premium wines, a curated menu, and amenity kits. Main Cabin Extra offers extra legroom and complimentary beer, wine, and spirits. Everyone, no matter of class gets a power outlet at the seat, seatback entertainment, and high-speed WiFi for purchase.

Passengers in Flagship First and Flagship Business can enjoy access to the newly renovated Admirals Club, which re-opens in early 2019, in BOS.

While in LAX Flagship First customers can use the Flagship First Check-In — a private, dedicated VIP check-in facility — the Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining in Terminal 4. Flagship Dining is a great perk, where you get an amazing meal. Flagship Business customers are also eligible to access the Flagship Lounge at LAX but are excluded from Flagship First Dining.

(Press Release)

A321T flight schedule (subject to change):

AA156 Departs LAX at 7:45 a.m.
AA156 Arrives BOS at 4:16 p.m.
AA2455 Departs LAX at 9:55 p.m.
AA2455 Arrives BOS at 6:22 a.m.

AA211 Departs BOS at 7:24 a.m.
AA211 Arrives LAX at 11:10 a.m.
AA2542 Departs BOS at 5:45 p.m.
AA2542 Arrives LAX at 9:28 p.m.

New Concourse at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

A new concourse was opened today, November 29, 2018, at LGA’s Terminal B. The first step in the reimagining of Terminal B featuring new world-class technology, innovation, best-in-class amenities, and services. Over the next few years, two more satellite concourses will be built, totaling in 35 gates. The concourses will be connected to the main terminal by dual pedestrian bridges spanning an active taxiway. American operates more than 170 daily flights to 41 destinations in the United States and Canada from LaGuardia.

LGA Travel Checklist:

  • All American Airlines flights operate from Terminal B.
  • Starting Dec. 1, flights begin operating from the new concourse and flights cease operating in Concourse A. Flights still operate out of the existing B, C, and D concourses.
  • There are no changes to the ticket counter or Admirals Club operations.
  • American Airlines Customer Assistance Representatives will be stationed throughout the terminal to help guide customers.

(Press Release)

Expanded Partnership with China Southern Airlines

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, and China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, announced that they are strengthening their partnership. This new partnership comes with extended codeshare operations, reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, and lounge access. This is probably one of the best parts, as you can now earn and redeem miles as an AAdvantage member on codeshare flights with China Southern and vice versa. Eligible customers can access American Airlines Lounges or Sky Pearl Lounges.

American and China Southern’s reciprocal codeshare launched in January 2018 and will expand in early 2019, pending regulatory approvals.

American Airlines expansion on China Southern:

  • In addition to the 14 cities currently served beyond Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), American will place its AA* code on flights to additional cities from PEK and introduce codeshare service beyond Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
    • From PEK:
      • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)
      • Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (KWE)
      • Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL)
      • Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK)
      • Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX)
    • From PVG:
      • SYX
      • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
      • Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE)
      • Changsha Huanghua International Airport (CSX)
      • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)
      • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC)
      • Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB)
      • Changchun Longjia International Airport (CGQ)
      • Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO)
  • With this expansion, American will have its AA* code on flights operated by China Southern to 20 cities in China beyond PEK and PVG.

China Southern expansion on American Airlines:

  • In addition to the six cities in the U.S. currently served by China Southern on American, China Southern will place its CZ* code on additional flights beyond Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
    • From LAX:
      • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
      • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
      • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
      • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
      • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL)
      • McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS)
      • San Jose International Airport (SJC)
      • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
      • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
      • Portland International Airport (PDX)
      • Denver International Airport (DEN)
      • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
      • Tucson International Airport (TUS)
    • From SFO:
      • LAX
      • JFK
      • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
      • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
      • Miami International Airport (MIA)
      • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
    • From JFK:
      • LAX
      • BOS
      • MCO
      • MIA
      • DFW
      • Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU)
      • San Diego International Airport (SAN)
      • Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (PHX)
  • With this expansion, China Southern will have its CZ* code on flights operated by American to 21 cities in the U.S. beyond LAX, SFO, and JFK.

Long-haul codeshare

  • American Airlines and China Southern will also begin codesharing on each other’s trans-Pacific flights between the U.S. and China.
  • American Airlines will place its AA* code on the following China Southern flights:
    • From LAX:
      • CAN
      • SHE (service starts December 2018)
    • From SFO:
      • CAN
      • Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH)
    • From JFK:
      • CAN
  • China Southern will place its CZ* code on the following American Airlines flights:
    • From DFW:
      • PEK
      • PVG
    • From LAX:
      • PEK
      • PVG

(Press Release)

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