This was part of a closer partnership with Alaska Airlines (which is also joining the oneworld alliance), and also part of them actually trying some new things lately (even if it is a weird strategy).
American’s Seattle to Bangalore flight details
American’s new Seattle to Bangalore flight was loaded into the schedule a couple of days ago, and then yesterday evening tickets finally went on sale.
The route is launching on October 25, 2020, and will operate with the following schedule:
AA200 Seattle to Bangalore departing 5:55PM arriving 10:45PM (+1 day)
AA201 Bangalore to Seattle departing 2:05AM arriving 6:00AM
The flight will cover a distance of 8,112 miles, and is blocked at 16hr20min to India, and 16hr55min from India.
American will use a Boeing 787-9 for the route, featuring 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, and 234 economy seats.
American adds 787-9 Los Angeles to Seattle flights
American doesn’t otherwise have a major presence in Seattle, and they don’t fly any wide bodies there. American has loaded a 787-9 into the schedule between Los Angeles and Seattle, as follows:
AA200 Los Angeles to Seattle departing 12:50PM arriving 3:50PM
AA201 Seattle to Los Angeles departing 8:30AM arriving 11:40AM
As you can see, these segments have the same flight numbers, so you’ll be able to book a “direct” flight from Los Angeles to Bangalore, all on the same plane.
The route is otherwise operated 5x daily by American Eagle with Embraer 175s. Is this the only route where American exclusively operates a wide body and American Eagle planes, and not any mainline narrow body planes?
Is there any award or upgrade space to Bangalore?
While I wouldn’t say that upgrade availability is good, I do see some dates with confirmable business class upgrades available, and some dates even have up to seven seats available to be confirmed.
Most dates have nothing, but seeing availability on some dates is better than I was expecting, frankly.
When it comes to award seats, unfortunately I don’t see any saver business class award seats available. The cheapest business class award cost I see is for 125,000 AAdvantage miles one-way.
In economy I do see awards starting at 40,000 miles one-way, and in premium economy I see awards starting at 67,500 miles one-way.
What are fares like?
As you’d expect, fares vary greatly depending on where you originate. In economy the lowest fare I see for a roundtrip nonstop Seattle to Bangalore itinerary is ~$1,435.
Meanwhile if you originate in Los Angeles and take the 787 all the way through, the fare is cut by more than half, to ~$674 roundtrip.
American Airlines’ new flight from Seattle to Bangalore is now bookable. We now know what the schedule will look like for the flight, and also where the 787-9 is coming from, as the airline will fly the plane daily between Los Angeles and Seattle.
If you’re interested in booking the flight, there’s even some confirmable upgrade space to business class.
As I’ve said from the beginning, this was a truly unexpected addition to American’s route network. I imagine they must have secured some sort of lucrative contract, as that’s the only way I can make sense of the logic of this.
What do you make of American’s Seattle to Bangalore schedule?
(Tip of the hat to @IshrionA)