American Airlines is Restoring Service Between New York LaGuardia and Boston

by Anthony Losanno
American A319

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American Airlines once offered hourly flights between New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). The service was known as the American Airlines Shuttle and it was discontinued during the pandemic. This flight will now return as American begins to add flights back in NYC (after its Northeast Alliance with JetBlue was dissolved).

Eastern Shuttle

Shuttle flights between New York and Boston were part of the Eastern Shuttle. Donald Trump purchased that carrier in 1989 and renamed it, what else, Trump Shuttle. This was short lived as US Airways then bought a 40% stake in 1992 and acquired the rest in 1997. After the American Airlines merger, the route lived on and became the American Airlines Shuttle. The carrier ceased flying the route in early 2022 when it ceded it to then partner, JetBlue Airways.

Shuttle flights used to have special perks aimed at business travelers like free flight changes and complimentary snacks and drinks, regardless of cabin. I’ve heard many people reminisce about the Shuttle flights and their convenience fondly.

@IshrionA is reporting on Twitter that the route is returning to American’s network on October 29th. Flights will be scheduled 4x daily on Airbus A319s (these have 128 seats with eight in First Class and 120 in Economy).

One Mile at a Time points out that it will be hard for American to compete on this route with 4x daily service when Delta Air Lines flies hourly and JetBlue has almost hourly flights daily.

Anthony’s Take: American Airlines is trying to gain some footing in NYC. Its JetBlue partnership was supposed to fill in gaps, but with that gone the airline is going to need to add routes and frequencies if it really wants to compete.

(Eastern Shuttle Image Credit: JPB TRANS CONSULTING, LLC.)

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Rob August 6, 2023 - 3:56 pm

Need them to return the LGA-ATl route.


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