American Airlines has been forced to lift a series of routes or frequencies to South America as visions of a Dreamliner future took a turn towards something closer to a nightmare, when Boeing began stalling deliveries of brand new 787s.
Without these planes we simply will not be able to operate at the level we had planned, said Vasu Raja, American's chief revenue officer, in an internal company memo which went public through Reuters.
American, like other carriers worldwide, began phasing out its older aircraft at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which grounded most commercial flights and pending the delivery of the newer units that did not happen.
The company received just one aircraft during a brief resumption of deliveries in early 2021, but that was all.
The increase in flights to Europe combined with the lack of aircraft had the airline's management choose one group of destinations over the other and markets such as Argentina, Brazil and Chile will have less servuces as of March 2022.
According to the aviacionline.com website routes will be reduced as follows:
The aviation website has warned, however, that schedules may still change before March 2022.