Starting this fall, American will be adding flights out of San Francisco to both Los Angeles and New York/JFK. Airline route.net is reporting an increase in frequency on SFO-LAX from 9 flights a day to 11 or 12, while JFK goes from 5 flights a day to 6 or 7. While American Airlines is beefing up service at SFO, here’s a look at the competition.
With United’s departure from JFK, they’re pulling 7 flights all on 757s. But, that still leaves 5x a day on Delta, 4x on Virgin and a ramp-up in JetBlue’s service from 4 flights a day to 6 to compete with American.
There’s even more competition on the SFO-LAX route. American Airlines operates the route with a variety of aircraft from regional jets like the E175 to the 737-800.
United Airlines flies the route 14 times a day with a similar range of planes as small as regional jets, though they fly the slightly bigger 737-900 on a few as well. Here’s a snapshot of their frequencies:
Delta will be operating 13 flights a day on that route in the fall, though with decidedly smaller aircraft. The biggest plane they fly is the 717, a type they acquired a bunch of from Southwest after the AirTran merger. At only 110 seats, that’s about 40 seats smaller than AA’s 737-800 and 60 seats smaller than United’s 739s.
Virgin America weighs in with 9 flights a day, mostly on the Airbus A320.
When you add Southwest’s 10 daily flights on 737-300s to the mix, you get another 1400-ish seats in the market:
Add it all up and it’s over 5,000 seats a day in either direction, most of them full. That’s a heck of a lot of seats.
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