American Plays Game Of Cuba One-Upsmanship With United
PHOTO: American Airlines has pushed up the start of its Cuba service to beat United by a day.
Is American Airlines playing a little possum with United Airlines?
According to the blog Point Me To The Plane, American will start its Cuba service on Monday, Nov. 28 – one day before United begins its service, which it announced previously, on Nov. 29.
American, which was awarded four daily flights to Cuba from Miami and one from Charlotte, will fly to Havana from Miami International on Monday the 28th at 7:30 a.m. Point Me To The Plane noted that American hasn’t made any media announcement as of yet about the flight, but it is available for booking on AA.com, with a one-way ticket starting at $177 and Business Class starting at $306.
United’s inaugural flight to Cuba will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29, out of Newark-Liberty to Havana.
Spirit Airlines and Delta begin their respective service on Dec. 1.
While everybody seems to be racing to get there, Alaska Airlines – one of eight carriers awarded flights to Havana by the Department of Transportation – has pushed back the start of its Havana service from Nov. 29 to Jan. 5.
According to a petition filed with the DOT obtained by the Puget Sound Business Journal, attorney Kenneth C. Hines, representing Alaska Airlines, wrote that "The introduction of the first scheduled U.S. carrier service to Havana for more than 50 years presents significant operational and commercial challenges. Alaska believes that introducing the Havana service during the seasonal holiday would be particularly problematic. U.S. consumers’ travel to the Caribbean region during the holiday season is predominantly for purposes of vacation (leisure and tourism). Alaska believes that an early January 2017 start date will be much more conducive to a successful service launch. It will afford Alaska additional time to market the new service and its customers more time to plan trips to have Havana for permissible purposes (e.g. business, educational, cultural and family visits.)."
Alaska will offer Seattle to Los Angeles to Havana service.
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