In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of scheduled airline seats offered by carriers in the US suggested that the country was quickly getting back on its feet. Despite hitting a low of 5.5m during the week beginning May 4, operators quickly began adding capacity throughout June and into early July in a bid to return to pre-pandemic averages of around 30m seats. The ambitious bounceback has faltered in recent weeks, almost plateauing at around 14m since mid-July.
American Airlines was quick to retire its Boeing 767-300ERs following the coronavirus outbreak. The type had been removed from the Dallas/Fort Worth-based carrier’s fleet before the end of March