American Airlines will add service from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires beginning in December on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. As an Angeleno, I’m satisfecho by the news.
The closest airport offering nonstop service to Buenos Aires is Dallas (1,235 miles) with Houston (1,379 miles) and Mexico City (1,553 miles) not far behind. That’s leaves AA with quite an opening for its new route.
While yields on the route may not be as high as other destinations, I know many people personally who will pay a premium to fly nonstop from the West Coast. There must be many.
Buenos Aires is one of the indefatigable award destinations at Award Expert. Requests are consistent and unrelenting. Even during the economic upheaval of the Kirschner years, Argentina remained a very popular destination (and indeed, a very affordable one with black market currency exchange rates).
This move solidifies American Airlines as the strongest hub airline at LAX in terms of international route network. You can now (or soon will be able to) fly on AA nonstop from Los Angeles to:
- Buenos Aires
- Hong Kong
- Sao Paulo
- Tokyo Haneda
- Tokyo Narita
Throw in the amazing Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining and you have an airline that has opted to fight in the crowded LAX market. That puts pressure on others to match. Consumers win. Hopefully the new route will be profitable for AA.
Tickets for the new route will go on sale on April 02, 2018. If you’re considering a trip to Argentina over the holidays and want to use miles, watch for award space when this new route becomes bookable. While I do not anticipate much premium cabin award space, I suspect we will see some “sAAver” award space in economy class.