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…
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:
|Date||2019 Numbers||2021 Numbers||2022 Numbers||Percentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)|
|October 29-November 5||3149 movements||4907 movements||4406 movements||-10.21%|
|November 5-12||3203 movements||5082 movements||4561 movements||-10.25%|
|November 12-19||3283 movements||4973 movements||4621 movements||-7.08%|
|November 19-26||3030 movements||4639 movements||4149 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.