Encouraged by the first full month`s performance of its restructured St.
Louis hub, American Airlines announced today that it has added a fourth
daily jet flight between St. Louis and Los Angeles and will begin
operating between St. Louis and Washington, D.C., with Super 80 jets on
Jan. 31, 2004.
In addition, American announced that AmericanConnection will begin service
between St. Louis and Oklahoma City`s Will Rogers World Airport on Jan. 31
with three round-trip flights per day. The new flights will be operated by
Trans States Airlines with the 50-seat ERJ-145 regional jet.
American also announced that it is about to introduce a key service
enhancement for those checking bags for many of its St. Louis flights, and
that all American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection jet
flights will be consolidated into the C Concourse at Lambert International
Airport by February.
“When we restructured the St. Louis hub on Nov. 1, we did so to improve
its financial performance and to focus its services principally on local
travelers and the markets that are most important to them,” said Dan
Garton, American`s executive vice president - Marketing. “We also made it
clear that we want to operate the hub for the long term and see it
succeed, adding services and enhancing operations as the hub improves.
“The new flights and enhanced activities we are announcing today are
concrete examples of where we would like to take the St. Louis hub in the
months and years ahead,” Garton said.
American added the fourth St. Louis-Los Angeles nonstop flight on Dec. 15,
using Super 80s jets with 16 First Class seats and 115 seats with expanded
legroom in Coach.
On Jan. 31, American will begin two nonstop flights a day between St.
Louis and Washington Reagan National Airport, also with Super 80s
featuring the More Room Throughout Coach configuration. Both flights will
operate at times in greatest demand by local St. Louis travelers. American
and AmericanConnection together will serve the St. Louis-Washington route
with a total of six flights a day.
Starting next week, it will be easier to check bags for most American
Airlines flights at St. Louis. A new system introduced at the curbside
check- in area, and at AA Self-Service Check-In(R) machines, will allow
customers to check-in, drop off their checked bags with American, and
proceed directly to the security checkpoints. It will no longer be
necessary for customers to carry their checked bags to Transportation
Security Administration screening themselves.
Meanwhile, American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection are proceeding
nicely with plans to consolidate all of their jet operations in the C
Concourse by February. American now operates from 11 gates in the north
side of C Concourse while American Eagle and AmericanConnection operate
regional jet flights from 10 gates in the D Concourse. By February, all of
those regional jets flights will be moving to 10 gates in the south side
of C Concourse, making everything easier and more convenient for customers.