American Airlines Philadelphia to Orlando Melbourne
American Airlines launched a daily service on the 2,549-kilometre connection between New York JFK and San Antonio on 14 February, with the latter airport holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new link. Among those taking part were: Russell Handy, Aviation Director, San Antonio Airport; Daniel Rodriguez, GM San Antonio, American Airlines; Diane Sanchez, CEO/President, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Dale Morris, Senior Consultant/Government Affairs, American Airlines; and Debora Omawale, Member, San Antonio Airport Advisory Commission.
As American Airlines’ inaugural service between New York LaGuardia and Knoxville fell on Valentine’s Day, the Tennessee airport went along with the love-theme for the first flight cake, with it baking four heart-shaped cakes, with three depicting the airline’s new connection. The carrier will offer a twice-daily service on the airport pair.
Orlando Melbourne went all-out with its cake to celebrate American Airlines’ first service from Philadelphia. The Rocky-themed cake was the spotlight of the event, with Rocky himself wearing his famous red boxing gloves along with some new gear fit for Orlando Melbourne’s beaches, cruises and theme parks, and then topped with America’s Liberty Bell.
- American Airlines launched six new US domestic routes between 14 and 16 February. The most significant launches include a daily service between New York JFK (JFK) and San Antonio (SAT), plus a twice-daily connection from New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Knoxville (TYS) and a daily rotation from Washington Reagan (DCA) to Oklahoma City (OKC). Of the six routes, four are poised to face direct competition, with the only services not going head-to-head with another carrier being the 1,807-kilometre link from Philadelphia (PHL) to Key West (EYW) and the 1,397-kilometre from the Pennsylvanian hub to Orlando Melbourne (MLB).
||New York JFK (JFK)
||San Antonio (SAT)
||Delta Air Lines (7)
|New York LaGuardia (LGA)
||Delta Air Lines (14)
|Washington Reagan (DCA)
||Oklahoma City (OKC)
||Southwest Airlines (7)
||Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
||Key West (EYW)
||United Airlines (7)
|Orlando Melbourne (MLB)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 19 February. WF = Weekly frequencies.