LONDON – Due to delays in the delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, American Airlines has decided to suspend its London-Seattle route during the Summer 2022 season.
This was established through the carrier’s recent filing via the U.S SEC, due to the fact American will only receive 10 Dreamliners as opposed to 13 this year.
It is also understood that the Dallas Fort Worth-Tel Aviv service will be axed for the time being as well due to this.
In its submission to the SEC, American said the following:
“Our 787-8 aircraft are an essential part of our fleet. Despite the ongoing delay, we still have tremendous confidence in the aircraft and will continue to work with Boeing on their delivery”.
“In addition, as previously stated, Boeing has advised us that they will compensate us for their inability to deliver the aircraft.”
“Further reducing our international flying this summer is a difficult decision, but ultimately, it’s the right one for our team members and customers. American will continue to offer almost 6,000 peak-day departures this summer, more than any other airline.”
Earlier this month, American announced that it would delay 787 deliveries to as far as 4Q23, when the last three are due to be delivered.
It does seem that 2023 is going to be the year where American expands, especially with news from over the weekend that it would be utilizing a lot of European flights with its Airbus A321XLR aircraft, to which the carrier has 50 on order currently.
In all, this is not a surprising move from American, especially with the news of its delayed deliveries earlier this month.
That being said, all eyes will be on American as it aims to make such moves in the next 12 months.