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American Airlines Will Revamp Schedule to Maximize Connections, Meet Demand

Excerpt from Dallas Morning News

Dec 23, 2013 4:00 pm

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US Airways promised big changes at American and here they come. This major overhaul of the way American schedules flights, officials say, will enable it to better compete against United and Delta, and to respond more quickly to meet demand.

— Dennis Schaal

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Beginning with its Miami hub next August, American Airlines will “re-bank” its hubs. That means dozens of flights will all land within a narrow time period, then take off within a similarly narrow time period. American also will vary its schedule according to demand, rather than operate the same schedule throughout the month.

In the 1980s, American perfected the concept of the hub-and-spoke network. A key element was that flights arrived together and departed together. That close scheduling maximized the number of connections that the airline could offer passengers with each bank of flights.

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