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American Airlines links LA to Hong Kong and Miami to Cuba

American Airlines links LA to Hong Kong and Miami to Cuba-1

The inaugural crew of flight AA193, the flight number of the oneworld member’s service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, pose for a photo before the first flight. Launched on 7 September, the 11,661-kilometre sector will be flown daily facing direct competition from fellow oneworld member Cathay Pacific Airways.

On 7 September American Airlines became the third carrier to link the US with Cuba after JetBlue Airways and Silver Airways. Seen on the tarmac at Cienfuegos is the oneworld member’s inaugural service from Miami. Once passengers had disembarked a ribbon cutting ceremony took place. The carrier will link the two airports with a daily connection. Passengers on the first flight received a certificate of confirmation.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was also had in Miami as the Floridian airport welcomed its first scheduled connection to Cuba in over 55 years, with the inaugural destination for American Airlines being Cienfuegos. Cupcakes were also on offer for passengers to enjoy. American Airlines will initially link Miami to five Cuban airports, with the other four being Camaguey, Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero.

  • American Airlines this week launched a total of six new routes, one long-haul and the other five short-haul. The long-haul route commenced by the oneworld member this week was an 11,661-kilometre link between Los Angeles (LAX) and Hong Kong (HKG). The daily service, inaugurated on 7 September, is the airline’s second to the Asian hub, with it also linking Dallas/Fort Worth with Hong Kong. On the same day the airline became the third US carrier to link the nation with Cuba, with JetBlue Airways and Silver Airways having commenced flights the week before. American kick-started its services to Cuba by linking Miami (MIA) with Cienfuegos (CFG). The airline will also link the Floridian city to Camaguey (CMW), Holguin (HOG), Santa Clara (SNU) and Varadero (VRA). None of the carrier’s routes to Cuba will face direct competition. However, its link between Los Angeles and Hong Kong will face Cathay Pacific Airways’ 23 times weekly link. See how Miami Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
07 Sep Los Angeles (LAX) Hong Kong (HKG) 773 (7) Cathay Pacific Airways (23)
Miami (MIA) Cienfuegos (CFG) A319 (7)
Holguin (HOG) B738 (14)
09 Sep Camaguey (CMW) A319 (7)
Santa Clara (SNU) B738 (14)
11 Sep Varadero (VRA) A319 (14)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 13 September 2016.

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