American Airlines, a subsidiary of AMR Corporation , announced its plans to expand its operations in the domestic as well as international markets, starting this summer. The new services will extend to San Diego, from the Miami hub, and Mexico, from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub.
The new flights will start operating from Jun 12, 2013. There will be as many as 25 flights daily from Miami to San Diego with 150 seats, undertaken with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Services in Mexico will now include two new destinations: Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia International Airport in Hermosillo (HMO) and General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport in Zacatecas (ZCL). Operated with the 44-seater ERJ-140 aircraft, services between DFW and HMO will be offered once a day, while there will be flights from DFW and ZCL three times a week.
Late last month, American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking permission to start new services between the U.S. and Brazil. Subsequent to the approval of the same, American has plans to start flights from Los Angeles and Sao Paulo and Chicago O'Hare and Sao Paulo in late 2013 and in 2014.
Last month, another airline, United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL - Analyst Report), also made public its plans to start new services from its Denver hub to Dickinson, N.D., with effect from Jun 6, 2013. It is believed that new flights will expand the company’s network capabilities as well as tap significant market opportunities.
AMR Corporation currently bears a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Other stocks worth a look in the airline industry are Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and Ryanair Holdings Plc. (RYAAY - Snapshot Report); both holding a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).