Some 135 out of 150 American widebody planes will be parked starting this week as American slashes flights in response to plummeting flight demand. Suddenly the lack of 737MAX aircraft is the least of the industry’s problems.
- All flights between Asia and the US suspended except for 3 weekly Dallas-Tokyo flights.
- All flights to Australia and New Zealand suspended starting 3/16.
- All flights between Europe and the US suspended except one daily flight between Dallas-London and Miami-London. Flights from other AA gateways to London as well as other cities in Europe will be phased out over the next week.
- Flights to Argentina and Brazil suspended starting 3/16. Many other South America routes suspended as well.
American is hoping to have their schedule back up again starting on May 7.
The only question left at this point is when will the US move to block all international flights? If you fly out of the US at this point, don’t assume that you’ll be able to get a flight home. If you’re out of the country you should try to find a flight home now.