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American Cancels East Coast Shuttles for “Main Select”

With the Northeast Alliance growing, American Airlines is taking away a tradition in favor of what they call a “reimagined” business travel experience.
As American Airlines and JetBlue continue to grow their Northeast Alliance, a long-standing product will go away in 2022 for a new business travel experience.


In a press release, the Fort Worth-based carrier announced they would retire the Northeast Shuttle product in favor of a new business travel experience: Main Select.

Main Select Includes Free Same Day Changes and Main Cabin Seat Selection

With the partnership between JetBlue and American, the carrier says flyers have more choice now than ever when traveling on either airline. In addition to the new product, the companies tout lie-flat seats available in all transcontinental markets and “the most flight choices in dozens of markets from New York and Boston” as key benefits of the alliance.


Together, the alliance offers customers in Boston and New York 58 new routes, more frequency on 130 routes and codesharing across 175 flights. As a result, American will retire the classic Shuttle service in favor of a product that matches JetBlue’s Blue Extra: Main Select.


The new service will be rolled out on select high-frequency business routes currently served by the Shuttle, including flights between New York’s LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Reagan Washington and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). certain flights departing Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Los Angeles will also get the new service.


Main Select fares will be fully refundable and offer access to priority check-in, security lanes and boarding. Flyers paying for the fare can choose any seat in the main cabin – including Main Cabin Extra seats – and free same-day flight changes.


“We are revamping the high-frequency travel experience to meet the needs of today’s business customers,” said Vasu Raja, chief revenue officer for American, said in a press release. “That means creating an easy and seamless travel experience that has the amenities they want, the flexibility they need and a network that offers access to any destination they want to go.”


Although the product will be introduced in the coming year, there is no exact date when the fares will go on sale.


Northeast Alliance Moves Continue Despite Justice Department Antitrust Lawsuit

The continued implementation of the Northeast Alliance is moving forward even though the Justice Department is challenging its legality. In September 2021, attorney general Merrick Garland announced a lawsuit against the two airlines over concerns the partnership could “eliminate important competition” across New England.


Feature image courtesy: Glenn Beltz via Flickr/CC-BY-2.0

AsiaTravel2019 November 10, 2021

Parker is going down over the B6 thing. No way the DOJ approves any of this 

rylan November 10, 2021

Sounds like just another higher fare so that AA can try to extract more money from shuttle flyers.  WHenever airlines do anything like this, it means less service and higher fares.

Still hoping the antitrust lawsuit is successful.