If there’s anything good coming out of the coronavirus, it’s the ability to have more opportunities to fly on widebody aircraft for shorter routes.
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines will be allocating some spare widebody aircraft on domestic routes, which will also make a great planespotting experience for some airports that normally do not receive widebody aircraft from one of these airlines.
Recently, American Airlines updated its network to include these widebody flights:
- New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX): Daily Boeing 777-200ER from April 7 through April 24
- San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Daily 787-8 from March 28 to April 24
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Daily 787-9 between March 29 and June 3
- Chicago O’Hare to Las Vegas (LAS) : Daily 787-8 from March 5 to March 27
- Chicago to San Francisco: Daily 787-8 from March 28 to April 24
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Las Vegas: Up to twice daily on a mix of 777-200s and 787-8s from March 5 to May 6
Delta Air Lines:
Delta’s additional widebody flights:
- Atlanta (ATL) to Las Vegas : Up to four-times daily on a mix of A330-200s, A330-300s, 767-300ERs and 767-400ERs from March 9 to April 30
- Atlanta to Phoenix (PHX): Up to three-times daily on a mix of A330-300s, 767-300ERs and 767-400ERs from March 11 to April 9
- Atlanta to San Diego: Twice daily on a mix of A330-300s and 767-300ERs from March 12 to April 30
- Detroit (DTW) to Las Vegas: Daily on a 767-300ER from March 9 to April 30
- Detroit to Phoenix: Daily on a 767-300ER from March 12 to March 31
- Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) to Las Vegas: Up to twice daily on a mix of A330-300s or 767-300ERs from March 9 to April 15
All operated with the Boeing 777-200:
- Chicago to Las Vegas: Up to daily from March 5 to April 30
- Newark Liberty (EWR) to Las Vegas: Up to daily from March 5 to April 30
- Newark to Tampa: Daily from March 29 to April 24
- Washington Dulles (IAD) to Las Vegas: Daily from March 29 to April 24
They key takeway from this is Las Vegas will receive a ton of widebody capacity. Additionally, it’s nice to see Phoenix receive a good amount of widebodies from Delta and Tampa receiving a United 777.
AA 789: https://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/848160/n823an-american-airlines-boeing-787-9-dreamliner/
DL A359: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramonkok/28830263227
UA 772: https://twitter.com/JetPhotos/status/1220208753750003713
Anyone scheduled to fly on these routes or now planning to take these flights?