Orange County John Wayne Airport + American Airline’s Merger

  • February 19, 2013
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Now that American Airlines has acquired US Airways, there is speculation Orange County John Wayne Airport could be adding new destinations and daily flights.

Gate Occupancy at Orange County John Wayne Airport

Currently, American Airlines and US Airways occupy gates at terminals A and B of the SNA Airport. But with US Airways adapting the American Airline’s brand identity and logo, there will most likely be a little shuffling around at the Orange County hub.

At Gate #8, American Airlines Admirals Club resides on the mezzanine level at the Orange County John Wayne Airport. For Admiral Club members, the quaint lounge serves as an exclusive respite away from the rest of SNA Airport.  Nineteen combined flights from US Airways and American Airlines currently depart from SNA Airport.

Enhanced Flight Schedule in California

According to a spokesperson of American Airlines, the airline’s merger means that there will be a total of 367 daily departures out of California, from 16 different locations: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Ontario, San Francisco, Long Beach, Monterey, Bakersfield, Fresno, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Palm Springs, Burbank,and of course Santa Ana-Orange County.

Orange County Airport has seen a 2.9 percent increase in commuter flights. Meanwhile, American Airlines still plans to purchase 607 new aircraft by the end of the year.

Economy Flights and Seating

Although American Airlines acquired US Airways, there are not any plans to create  economy flights. However, the major airline will continue its special seating products: ChoiceSeats and Preferred Seat.

American Airlines Corporate Headquarters

As American Airlines maintains headquarters in Dallas-Fort Worth, the largest commercial airline carrier plans to uphold its corporate and operational presence in Phoenix, Arizona. Given the behemoth airline’s 6,700 daily domestic flights to 336 destinations international flights 56 countries, frequent American Airlines passengers can check the company’s website for new destination and travel information.

Did you know that American Airlines offers Wi-Fi on 88 percent of all flights? At Orange County John Wayne Airport, wireless internet service is available throughout SNA’s Thomas F. Riley Terminal.


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