Seen celebrating the start of American Airlines’ new daily service between Tucson and New York JFK are: Joseph Hughes, American Airlines Regional Director of Government Affairs; Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson Mayor; Bonnie Allin, President and CEO of Tucson Airport Authority; Tony Finley, Chairman of Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors; Mike Varney, President and CEO, Tucson Metro Chamber; and Brent DeRaad, President and CEO of Visit Tucson. In celebration of the oneworld member’s new route, passengers were handed goodies while boarding. Launched on 6 October, with the first return flight departing on 7 October, the city link faces no competition.
- American Airlines commenced two US domestic services this week, starting on 5 October with a link between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Akron-Canton (CAK) in Ohio. The 550-kilometre link between the two airports will be flown by the oneworld member 13 times weekly according to OAG schedules on its ERJ 145s, with United Airlines already offering a 32 times weekly competing service. The second route launched by American commenced on 6 October, a 3,430-kilometre city pairing between New York JFK (JFK) and Tucson (TUS). The route between the two airports will be flown daily on the carrier’s 737-800s facing no incumbent. “What’s most impressive about this celebration today is that it shows what happens when we as a community come together to do something,” Tony Finley, Chairman of Tucson Airport Authority Board of Directors said of the new service. “Now it’s up to us as a community to take this opportunity and make something of it.” According to Tucson Airport’s press release about American Airlines’ new venture from the facility, more than three years of work by Tucson business and community leaders went into securing the direct link to JFK.