American to Implement Banked Flight Schedule, Improve Reliability

By Paul Riegler on 23 December 2013
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An American jet being deiced at JFK last week

An American jet being deiced at JFK last week

American Airlines will make major changes to its flight schedule that will allow it to maximize the number of connections it offers to passengers.  Senior executives from American announced these changes at a meeting with leaders of the Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents the carrier’s pilots.

The changes will begin to take place next August, when American returns to a banked flight schedule at its Miami hub.  Dozens of flights will land within a relatively short period of time and then a similar number will take off, also within a short period of time.  The change allows passengers more and better opportunities to make connections and also reduces the amount of wait time between flights.

American will implement this model at all of its hubs after piloting it in Miami.

Over the past decade, all major U.S. airlines have moved to the rolling hub model, which spreads out arriving and departing flights over a longer period of time.

Another change involves planning its schedule based on demand as opposed to operating the same schedule throughout a month.

Executives also told the union’s leadership that it will focus on lowering the number of delayed or cancelled flights.

The remarks were made by Doug Parker, American’s new CEO, Scott Kirby, its president, and Robert Isomer, its chief operating officer.

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