Bad news for American Airlines’ Advantage program members, as the airlines is cutting some popular routes. Starting March 1st 2012, Airlines will stop flying the 14-hour direct flight from ORD-DEL-ORD.
Also, they will stop flying to Burbank, California.
The historical financial performance of the route and its future outlook given the global economic climate and high oil prices has resulted in a decision by American to cancel its New Delhi (DEL) – Chicago O’Hare (ORD) service.
o The last flight to leave for India from Chicago will be on February 28, 2012, while the last return flight from India to Chicago will operate on March 1, 2012.
o AA will continue to offer travel choices between the U.S. and India in conjunction with oneworld partners British Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and Finnair, via either London Heathrow or Helsinki (summer only), and through its codeshare partner Jet Airways via Brussels.
o The route is operated by three-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
• DFW-Burbank Service
o Flights between DFW and Burbank will be cancelled effective Feb. 9, 2012.
o Unfortunately, the cancellation of the DFW-BUR flights will result in AA exiting the Burbank market and closing operations at the BUR station.
o Customers can continue to reach Burbank as a destination by flying into Los Angeles, one of American’s cornerstone markets.
o American does not maintain employees in Burbank, as ground handling operations are provided by a third party, Airport Terminal Service.
From Dallas News
Makes me wonder, at this pace, if the Airlines will go from World’s largest airlines to smallest?