I’m pretty sure this is the US’s shortest scheduled Boeing 787 flight, and probably the most unusual too.
Americans will fly Boeing 787s to Havana
Like @xJonNYC, American Airlines plans to fly the Boeing 787-8 between Miami and Havana between May 6 and June 2, 2021. The following frequency should be served by the aircraft:
AA2705 Miami to Havana Departure 10:40 am Arrival 11:55 am
AA2706 Havana to Miami Departure 1:25 p.m. Arrival 2:40 p.m.
The 235 mile flight is blocked after 75 minutes in either direction. This is only one of six daily flights scheduled using these dates. All other flights are to be operated by Boeing 737-800s.
Americans will fly a 787 between Miami and Havana
Americans only recently started flying 787s to Miami
Before 2020, American Airlines did not fly a 787 to Miami. In order to be as efficient as possible, airlines only station certain aircraft at certain airports, as pilots are permitted on certain aircraft. Historically, American long-haul flights from Miami were operated by the 777, 767, and 757.
With the Americans taking both the 767 and the 757 out of service, the airline is finally flying the 787 from Miami.
American has withdrawn its 767s
American is sure to get creative with its 787 routes from Miami (likely due to a lack of demand elsewhere). In addition to flying 787 to destinations such as Santiago, Chile, American is also planning 787 for flights to the following destinations as indicated by @xJonNYC::
- Bogota, Colombia (BOG)
- Cali, Colombia (CLO)
- Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
- Lima, Peru (LIM)
- Medellin, Colombia (MDE)
- Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
These are all flights that could easily be performed by the 737 in terms of range, but which use 787 instead.
Some of the 787 American routes departing from Miami
Why should Americans fly 787 to Cuba?
Of these 787 routes, the route from Miami to Havana is by far the most surprising, at least for me. A few years ago we saw a boom in travel between the US and Cuba as Obama lifted many travel restrictions, but then Trump put them back in place. While airlines were initially very excited to be able to fly to Cuba, that excitement subsided pretty quickly.
So can anyone have any sense of American planning a 787 on this very short route?
- Is it about freight? There are significant restrictions on major and export use between the US and Cuba so I would not have assumed that cargo demand would justify this aircraft
- Is it about pilot training so that 787 pilots can land on a plane over a short distance?
- Is the Americans planning to consolidate flights to Cuba and is they planning a 787 so other frequencies can be canceled?
- Despite travel restrictions, is the demand for travel between the two countries really that great?
Not a bad business class seat for a 45 minute flight!
This is a scratch to me so I’m curious if anyone has any insight …
American has a Boeing 787 planned to fly daily between Miami and Havana in May. While airlines are deploying broad facilities in all kinds of unconventional markets, this is particularly unusual in my opinion.
Between the travel restrictions, the number of frequencies and the short flight duration, I got nothing and I would like to hear what you guys think.
Does anyone have any insight into why Americans would fly a 787 to Cuba?