The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant changes to air travel, with many airlines reducing their schedules and shifting their fleets to match changing demand patterns. One trend that has emerged is the increased use of widebody aircraft on domestic routes in the United States. In March, several airlines deployed widebody aircraft on domestic routes, providing passengers with more spacious and comfortable travel options.
American Airlines operated several domestic routes with widebody aircraft in March. These included flights between Los Angeles and Miami, Chicago and Miami, and Dallas/Fort Worth and Honolulu. American Airlines also operated several routes between its hub airports with widebody aircraft, such as Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines also deployed widebody aircraft on several domestic routes in March. These included flights between Atlanta and Honolulu, Minneapolis and Honolulu, and Salt Lake City and Honolulu. Delta Air Lines also operated widebody aircraft on some of its routes between Atlanta and Los Angeles.
United Airlines operated several domestic routes with widebody aircraft in March, including flights between Chicago and Honolulu, Denver and Honolulu, and San Francisco and Honolulu. United Airlines also operated widebody aircraft on some of its flights between Newark and San Francisco.
Reasons for Increased Use of Widebody Aircraft
There are several reasons why airlines are deploying more widebody aircraft on domestic routes in the United States. One reason is the reduced demand for international travel, which has led airlines to shift their widebody aircraft to domestic routes. Additionally, the increased use of widebody aircraft allows airlines to provide more spacious and comfortable travel options for passengers, which may be more attractive to travelers who are hesitant to fly during the pandemic.
The increased use of widebody aircraft on domestic routes in the United States is a trend that is likely to continue in the coming months. While the pandemic has disrupted air travel in many ways, it has also led to new opportunities for airlines to innovate and provide more comfortable and spacious travel options for passengers. As travel demand continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how airlines adapt their fleets and schedules to meet changing needs.