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American Airlines expects to fly less than half of 2019 schedule through February as virus spreads

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American Airlines expects to fly less than half of 2019 schedule through February as virus spreads

American Airways flight 718, the primary U.S. Boeing 737 MAX industrial flight since regulators lifted a 20-month grounding in November, takes off from Miami, Florida, December 29, 2020.

Marco Bello | Reuters

American Airways expects the impression of the coronavirus pandemic to proceed to weigh on demand and schedules into 2021, the service’s president mentioned Tuesday.

The Fort Value, Texas-based airline is flying about 45% of its 2019 schedule this month, Robert Isom advised reporters at Miami Worldwide Airport, earlier than the debut of the Boeing 737 Max’s first U.S. flight with industrial passengers because it was grounded practically two years in the past.

“We anticipate that is one thing that can stick with it into January and February. We’re hopeful that the vaccine will present some promise,” he mentioned.

American and its rivals have warned traders in current weeks {that a} surge in Covid-19 instances and new journey restrictions have damage fourth-quarter income, regardless of a spike in vacationers across the year-end holidays.

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