Published on : Friday, July 12, 2019
American Airlines cancelled around 7,500 flights in June, 2019. It amounted to an estimated four per cent of its scheduled flights in June. The percentage of cancelled flights were less for other competitors. JetBlue and United Airlines cancelled less than one percent of their June flights.
The rise in cancellations can be attributed to three primary factors – unfavorable weather throughout America, the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX fleet and maintenance issues. The on-time arrival rate for American Airlines was similar to other carriers (around 70 per cent).
The carrier has 24 of the grounded 737 MAX aircraft, which resulted in the cancellation of around 115 flights per day. The entire route was shutdown to ensure that the airline had enough planes to serve its most popular routes.
In total, the airline announced it has lost an estimated U.S. dollars185 million in revenue and boasts 1.1 billion fewer Available Seat Miles than it initially expected for the second quarter.
Another problem faced by American is the ongoing issues with its mechanics. The airline filed a lawsuit against its mechanic unions for allegedly slowing down the pace of work to influence new contract negotiations.
In May, American Airlines has asked a federal court to halt an ‘illegal slowdown campaign’ by unionized employees. They said that the slowdown had affected 125,000 passengers in the last three months, as 650 flights were cancelled.