Airlines move big planes from Asia to US flights

Travelers flying between Boston and Miami on American Airlines usually board a  Boeing 737 or Airbus A321 – workhorse planes that trave...

Travelers flying between Boston and Miami on American Airlines usually board a  Boeing 737 or Airbus A321 – workhorse planes that traverse the country daily.

This spring, some passengers are getting a major plane upgrade for the 3 1/2 hour flight. American is swapping in a Boeing 777, a widebody jet with 100 more seats, seatback entertainment and other perks, on some of the flights.

United Airlines passengers might find the same surprise on select flights between Chicago and Las Vegas or Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. United usually uses a Boeing 737 on those routes but is swapping in a Boeing 777 or Boeing 787 Dreamliner on some flights.

An American Airlines Boeing 777 lands at Miami International Airport on Feb. 24, 2019.

The airplane shuffle is happening across the country due to steep international flight cuts by U.S. airlines amid the coronavirus outbreak. American, Delta and United have all suspended service between the U.S. and China and Hong Kong through April and reduced or canceled flights to cities in South Korea, Italy and elsewhere.

“Those airplanes are no longer flying (internationally) but are a cost burden to the airline if they do nothing with them,” said John Grant, senior aviation analyst with travel data and company OAG. “Trying to utilize them as effectively as possible makes sense.”

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