Rumors are stirring that American Airlines is expected to announce a new long-haul route sometime during the end of January.
As reported by JonNYC (https://twitter.com/xJonNYC), the person who “leaked” American Airlines route announcements such as AUS-SJD/BOS/SJC, Krakow, Casablanca, DFW-Munich/Dublin, and many more, it looks like this week there may be an American Airlines route announcement to Brisbane (BNE).
American Airlines adding Brisbane service wouldn’t be a huge surprise as the new American Airlines/Qantas joint venture has so far launched four new transpacific routes between Oceania and the United States.
American Airlines could easily replace a few of Qantas’ Brisbane to Los Angeles frequencies allowing Qantas to free up some 787-9s to launch other destinations.
Though, when referring to “Super-Long-Haul”, I would’ve expected something like Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane as LAX-BNE isn’t really “super long”.
The timing of this works out pretty well. An Oceanic route like this would likely launch in October/November which will allow American about 9-10 months of bookings before the inaugural for the route. Not only that, but American Airlines’ 2019 4Q financial results release tomorrow (Thursday 1/23) so they may announce the new Brisbane route then.
We should hear by the end of this week or the next to see if this is actually true.
What do you think of this? Will American Airlines actually announce a new Brisbane route? Or is this purely a rumor…
If it isn’t Brisbane, what other “super-long-haul” route do you think American may launch?