No sooner do I mention (as an aside in my screed against Ryanair) that Bradley International Airport has no nonstop transcontinental flights than American Airlines announces a new nonstop transcontinental flight from Bradley International Airport.
Please feel free to view this as ignorance, prescience or coincidence.
AA will fly one round trip daily between Bradley and Los Angeles International Airport, starting Aug. 27, as follows:
Flight 1353 departs Bradley at 9:20 a.m., arrives LAX at 12:35 p.m.
Flight 1354 departs LAX at 11:55 p.m., arrives BDL at 8:10 a.m.
The round-trip fares, mid-week in mid-September, are now listed at $437. Not great, but there’s a promotional double mileage deal, for starters.
The listed equipment is a Boeing 737-800. AA’s configuration on the older versions of this aircraft give you 32 inches of leg room in coach. Alas, the newer versions cut it back to 31 inches.
Unless someone sneaked something by me, Bradley has not had a transcontinental flight since the summer of 2010, when Delta briefly resurrected a nonstop to LAX that it had canceled back in 2008. Let’s hope this one lasts longer.