Watch out for American Airlines buses on a road close to you — at the very least for motorists in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Fort Worth-based mostly American Airlines has inked a offer with bus company Landline to substitute some short-hop connecting flights to Philadelphia Worldwide Airport from Allentown, Pa., and Atlantic Metropolis, N.J., with bus rides.
Setting up in June, the Landline buses, painted with an American Airways brand, will decide up passengers at Lehigh Intercontinental Airport in Allentown or Atlantic Metropolis Intercontinental Airport and rumble down the road to Philadelphia, a major hub for American’s global connections.
Travellers will truly park at airports in Allentown or Atlantic City, test in, check out luggage and go as a result of stability just before loading onto 1 of the 35-seat buses to consider them on the about 50-mile trip to Philadelphia. From the bus, they can go straight into the terminal as if they were being transferring airplanes. Luggage are transferred, also.
“For much too long, travelers have been bothered by all of the ancillary components of flying, like finding to and from the airport, parking, transporting their baggage and navigating safety,” mentioned a statement from Landline CEO and co-founder David Sunde.
Landline partners with airways these types of as United and Sun Nation on comparable trips in Colorado and Minnesota.
Placing airline travellers on a bus in fact solves a tricky problem for American Airlines in areas where by airports are densely grouped. The 50-mile trip is simply just as well shorter for a business flight, even on a smaller regional aircraft. At the very same time, consumers are normally prepared to generate 60 to 80 minutes to get to an airport with significantly more connections.
American Airways only flies from Allentown to Charlotte and Chicago, two other large hubs for American. That would make a extensive excursion to get somewhere these kinds of as Boston or even Pittsburgh and Cleveland. American Airways does not even fly to Atlantic Town Global Airport, which is only served by Spirit Airlines.
American Airways customers can get paid loyalty miles for the journey.
On the way dwelling, the buses will take travellers back to Allentown or Atlantic Metropolis, alongside with their baggage.
“Customers can start off and stop their journey at their local airport, rest on a comfy Landline vehicle and go away the driving to anyone else although they function or start off their holiday early,” explained American Airlines vice president of network arranging Brian Znotins in a assertion.