American Airlines launched four new routes including international flights to Canada (Kitchener) and Brazil (Manaus)
- It may be in Chapter 11 and facing an uncertain future, but that isn’t stopping American Airlines from starting new routes. From 14 June, the airline has started serving Kitchener/Waterloo (YKF) airport in Ontario from Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) with 13-weekly flights operated by American Eagle Airlines’ ERJ-145s. Kitchener’s only other scheduled services are daily flights with WestJet to Calgary and five daily flights to Ottawa with Bearskin Airlines. Using 757s, American has also launched daily flights between Washington Reagan, DC (DCA) and Los Angeles, CA (LAX), which will compete with Alaska Airlines’ daily service. This is American’s eighth route from the capital’s downtown airport. American is also taking on Alaska Airlines on its new daily service between Miami, FL (MIA) and Seattle-Tacoma, WA (SEA), which also launched 14 June. Finally, American has started a new daily service from Miami to Manaus (MAO) in Brazil, a route currently served by Brazilian carrier TAM. This is now the fifth Brazilian route from Miami on which TAM and American compete, following Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.