RadarBox: American Airlines’ Movement Numbers Drop 12%

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LONDON – Based on a seven-day rolling average, American Airlines’ movement numbers have dropped 12%, according to RadarBox.com.

This shouldn’t be that much of a worry for the carrier, especially with the fact that they have exceeded pre-pandemic numbers by over 1,000 movements, but it is still a big drop.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

For this week, the carrier recorded 4,495 movements based on the seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents a 12.96% decrease compared to the same period last year, where 5,164 movements were handled.

However, the airline is still exceeding pre-pandemic levels by a staggering 1,223 movements, which does show the growth that the airline has experienced.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data:

Date2019 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)
October 29-November 53149 movements4907 movements4406 movements-10.21%
November 5-123203 movements5082 movements4561 movements-10.25%
November 12-193283 movements4973 movements4621 movements-7.08%
November 19-263030 movements4639 movements4149 movements-10.56%

The numbers from the last four weeks’ are quite skewered, with the only consistency being that 2022’s numbers are down from last year.

A Harsh Summer?

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The reason for a drop in numbers could have been to do with two stories that occurred back in August & October, which would have contributed to a potential drop.

On October 16, American Airlines was able to call off strike action from its workers in London Heathrow following a 19% pay increase agreed upon.

Pay will increase by seven percent this year, backdated to January, followed by a six percent rise in 2023 and the same again in 2024 as well.

This is a major improvement from the previous offer of 5.3% in year one, a one-off payment in year two, and a pay freeze for year three.

American Airlines operates a significant amount of flights from London Heathrow.

Then, back in August, the airline received its first Boeing 787-8 aircraft this year and it’s first since April 2021.

The delivery also marks Boeing’s first release of a B787 Dreamliner aircraft for over a year following production issues.

The aircraft, carrying US Registration No. N880BJ was delivered from Charleston, South Carolina, and is expected to enter commercial service for the carrier in the coming weeks.

Including this delivery, American currently has 47 active Boeing 787 family aircraft in its fleet, with an additional 42 on order.

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Such delays to deliveries would have caused American to operate fewer Dreamliner flights, which in turn could be a result of what you see from the numbers as well.


It remains clear that American Airlines is still going strong with movement numbers, especially with the difference to pre-pandemic levels.

However, moving forward, the airline will want to focus on installing more popular routes onto its network in order to get the movement numbers back up to 2021 levels.

For now, all eyes are now on the carrier to see what they have in store for 2023 and beyond.

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