Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa (left) with American Airlines chief commercial officer, Virasb Vahidi // © 2010 American Airlines
American Airlines and American Eagle have strengthened their commitment to Los Angeles with plans to add 10 new destinations — one international and nine domestic — for a total of 33 additional roundtrip flights beginning April 5, 2011. New destinations from LAX include Albuquerque, N.M.; Boise, Idaho; El Paso and Houston, Texas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Phoenix and Tucson Ariz.; Salt Lake City; Sacramento, Calif.; and Shanghai, China.
Four of the new routes will be served by American Eagle’s Bombardier CRJ-700 fleet, which now features a First Class cabin. All four existing daily flights to Denver will also be upgraded with the addition of CRJ-700 service.
In addition to Los Angeles to Shanghai flights, American will offer seven additional daily domestic flights from Los Angeles, including two flights each to Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami and one flight each to Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando. By spring 2011, American and American Eagle will offer 153 daily departures from LAX — a 28 percent increase from its current schedule. The airlines also have flexibility to add more flights and destinations in the future.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to superior service and travel choices for our customers to and from Los Angeles,” said Virasb Vahidi, American Airlines’ chief commercial officer. “Los Angeles has long been an important market for American and American Eagle and is a critical international gateway for us as well as our Oneworld Alliance partners.”