DCA-BOS shuttle schedule changes?

Old Apr 16, 19, 9:21 am
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DCA-BOS shuttle schedule changes?

I got a call from our company travel agent yesterday telling me that my usual 5:30 pm DCA-BOS shuttle flight has been cancelled in June. Looking at what could be booked online, it looked like 5:30 pm was one of three flights taken out of the schedule (7:30 am and 12:30 pm are also gone).

Any thoughts on what's going on? I thought the flights were hourly year-round or is this something that happens every summer? My guess was AA took the A319 to cover MAX routes, but hey, just a guess.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 9:56 am
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Though it's been a while, I seem to recall the shuttle schedules lightening up a bit at times of lower business travel, such as during peak summer vacation season.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 10:21 am
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Unless AA wants to publicly explain, you will never get a definitive answer. But, the -MAX situation seems to be the best explanation.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 3:05 pm
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Figured I probably would never get a straight answer. Even our travel agent didnít get an answer from AA.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by chewyinla View Post
Figured I probably would never get a straight answer. Even our travel agent didnít get an answer from AA.
Yea, but this is beyond nuts - the 7:30am and 5:30pm are usually RAMMED! I can see cancelling the 12:30 but not those. And most of these are last-minute elite purchasers!
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Old Jun 12, 19, 5:41 am
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I share your pain. As exp with fair amount of eqd Iíve been upgraded about 90% of the time on bos-Dca route over past year. Bought a ticket two days in advance today and only got a non mce aisle seat and was #5 on upgrade list.

Super inconvenient to lose the additional frequencies. JetBlue has increased frequencies and delta is jumping into bos-Dca (not quite a shuttle but maybe 8x per day?) this fall so Iím a little worried this could be longer term adjustment.

My corporate rate for JetBlue is about 40% lower than AA for unrestricted flights so if this continues I may switch. Main loss for me would be club access, but JetBlue gate to gate WiFi in 2x2 Beats 3x3 non MCE. If mosaic gave free even more seating Iíd switch for sure.

I definitely recall service reductions on holidays but donít recall a summer reduction before so also believe it is 737 max related
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Old Jun 12, 19, 5:59 pm
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Those flight times are bookable in September at least for now. I had the Monday 8 AM BOS-DCA flight cancelled two trips in a row, in last four weeks, due to mechanical issues. First time the earliest I could get rebooked was 3 PM. I am looking forward to seeing what Delta offers this fall and seeing if they will do a status match.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 12:14 pm
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Seems very likel 737 MAX-related. We have lost the 7:30 DCA>BOS and the 12:30 p.m., and for BOS>DCA the and the 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (possibly more) through November 2, but then the schedule goes back to normal.
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Old Jul 17, 19, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Shawn02139 View Post
Seems very likel 737 MAX-related. We have lost the 7:30 DCA>BOS and the 12:30 p.m., and for BOS>DCA the and the 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (possibly more) through November 2, but then the schedule goes back to normal.
Perhaps, and now DCA-BOS Shuttle flights seem to be oversold. They have also not up-gauged the from the E190 planes either to make up for the reduced seats. JetBlue will be flying 15 flights per day starting in September and Delta 6-7 per day starting in October. This is a popular and profitable route at least in the mind of AA competitors.
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