2010-08-18 / Features

New York Is American Airlines Stronghold

Regarding the August 11 news about a new facility at JFK International Airport, American Airlines wants first to congratulate Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s leadership team, including Susan Baer, Anthony Coscia and Christopher Ward, for their ongoing efforts to continue to improve facilities in New York.

American considers JFK to be the world’s most important airport, connecting people to and from the most visited city in the U.S. and the world, and fully supports developments that improve New York as a global destination for business and leisure travel.

 Promoting New York City: That is a big reason American forged a major strategic partnership in March with NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism, marketing and partnership organization–and is working closely to promote New York City as a great place to do business and visit, and helping Mayor Bloomberg and his team achieve their goal of 50 million visitors by 2012. In fact, on August 11 American–along with NBC Universal, its in-flight entertainment provider–announced the All Access Sweepstakes to promote New York City and a giveaway for tickets to “Saturday Night Live,” an institution in New York City.

AA’s World-Class JFK Terminal: The importance of New York City as a destination reinforced American’s decision several years ago to make a significant investment in its own facility at JFK Airport, at a challenging time in the airline industry when few, if any, airlines were making such investments.

 Officially opened in August 2007 at a cost of $1.3 billion–the largest single airline investment in New York City–American Airlines’ new terminal stands out as a world-class, state-of-the-art facility. It features 1.5 million square feet, 36 gates, 10 security checkpoint lanes that can process 1,800 passengers per hour and a U.S. Customs and Immigration facility with 36 immigrations positions and 10 customs positions capable of processing 1,600 passengers per hour. And, for American’s business and premium travelers, American’s terminal features two Admirals Clubs and a Flagship Lounge, along with special Priority Access arrangements for check-in, security and boarding.

While customers have already been enjoying American’s world-class terminal for the past several years, American continues to look for ways to make it even better. In March American announced plans to build a 3,000-square-foot expansion of its existing 11,000-square-foot Concourse C Admirals Club. And at LaGuardia Airport, American also announced in March plans to make significant improvements to the Concourse D and Concourse C, including the two Admirals Clubs. All told, American will invest another $30 million into those enhancements at LaGuardia.

 The airline’s facilities investments continue to complement American’s network strategy. Because New York serves as one of American’s five cornerstone cities, along with Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Miami and Los Angeles, a major part of the company’s network focus has been on giving customers an extensive domestic and global network into and out of New York.

American-JetBlue Deal: American has begun implementing an agreement with JetBlue Airways, announced in March, that offers JetBlue customers simple connections to American's international flights and new convenient domestic flight options on JetBlue for American’s customers in and out of New York and Boston. The agreement with JetBlue will give American’s passengers access to 18 new destinations with 55 flights from New York’s JFK airport.

 American and British Airways at JFK: American and British Airways are evaluating a proposal by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop an expansion of American’s JFK terminal to allow the airlines to co-locate their operations. The potential expansion and joint operation of the facility by American and British Airways would allow quick, easy customer connections from airline to airline. If agreeable financial terms can be reached with the Port, the potential co-location would benefit not only the airlines and their customers but also the Port itself, which has been exploring various ways to expand JFK gate capacity.

 Joint Business Agreements Over Atlantic, Pacific: On July 20, American, British Airways, and Iberia received final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a joint business governing flights between North America and Europe and will expand their global cooperation as a result of receiving antitrust immunity. The European Union approved the joint business on July 14.

This agreement will provide the following benefits for customers:

• The combined AA, BA and IB route networks will offer seamless service to approximately 433 destinations in 105 countries, with 5,178 daily departures worldwide

• Greater expected availability of lower fares and more travel choices across coordinated route networks

• Better alignment of schedules to provide smoother connections

• Expanded opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and elite tier benefits on flights worldwide and continued reciprocal airport lounge access.

• More flexible and more geographically extensive flight packages for corporate customers

Additionally, American and Japan Airlines (JAL) have filed an application with the U.S. DOT for antitrust immunity to forge a closer relationship and implement a Joint Business Agreement (JBA) governing the operation of their flights between North America and Asia. American expects the DOT to make a decision by this fall.

 An immunized JBA will improve customer choice by giving the oneworld Alliance strong hub operations at Tokyo, allowing more vibrant competition with other global alliances in Northeast Asia and beyond while enhancing American’s network from New York.

JFK-Haneda Service: American on July 6 was awarded final approval from the U.S. DOT to operate daily, year-round, nonstop service between JFK and Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, two of the world’s principal financial centers–notable since Haneda is the closer-in and more convenient airport to Downtown Tokyo. The new service, scheduled to begin Jan. 20, 2011, also will complement the two daily flights that American’s oneworld partner, Japan Airlines, plans to operate between Tokyo (Haneda) and the U.S., which would give oneworld the most daily nonstop U.S.-Haneda flights of any aviation alliance.

New Routes From New York
Starting this summer, American and American Eagle will expand the routes and service they offer customers from New York. Including previously announced additions, by year end at LaGuardia and JFK combined, American and American Eagle will add 31 total flights to and from 13 additional routes, bringing total NYC departures to 216 and unique destinations to 63. When combined with new options for travel on JetBlue, American's New York customers will have access to 81 unique destinations on 271 nonstop flights by the end of 2010. In addition, American serves four destinations with 18 daily departures out of Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport.

New RJs with First Class: Service from New York also includes new American Eagle Bombardier CRJ-700 airplanes, outfitted with First Class as well as new Coach Class seats.

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