Aviation consultant Jeffrey Hartz pointed out an interesting anomaly in the American Airlines schedule for two weeks from today.
On June 23, American has scheduled two of the seven Philadelphia – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania US Airways Express flights as American Eagle flights.
They’ve also scheduled two of the eight Philadelphia – Richmond flights as American flights as well.
The same holds true for these two routes in reverse as well. And it’s one day only.
It appears to be the first time that American is testing running former US Airways flights as American flights, loaded into Sabre instead of the SHARES reservation system. These are pretty low stakes flights, so the idea presumably is to see any problems creep up here and at a low scale as part of early troubleshooting for the migration of US Airways over to American’s platform which will gradually occur between through mid-October.
At this point I believe these five roundtrips are the only ‘normally’ US Airways flights hosted as American flights in Sabre. So they’re flights to watch on the 23rd for their on-time performance – we can all publicly watch this first test!
I’ll be poking around with American in the coming days to see what I can learn about the next stages of their testing. It’s all pretty inside baseball stuff, but fascinating to watch unfold before us.