A few days ago American Airlines teased us on twitter that something big was coming. It was bizarre but also very intriguing.
(P.S. American – keep doing this)
Today we finally know what that was all about. American Airlines is launching 5 new international routes next year.
- 3 to Europe
- 1 to the Middle East
- 1 to Africa.
- Chicago (ORD) to Krakow, Poland (KRK)
- Chicago (ORD) to Budapest, Hungary (BUD)
- Chicago (ORD) to Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV)
- Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca, Morocco (CMN)
4 of these flights will be seasonal summer flights and the Dallas – Fort Worth to Tel Aviv flight will operate year round.
In April of 2018, American Airlines ordered an additional 47 787 aircraft, which the carrier is expected to start taking deliveries of in 2020. This should help them operate these flights.
I love to see the growth and creativity here in American Airlines.
We knew that it wouldn’t be long before American re-entered the market to Tel Aviv; it’s too lucrative a market for them not to even try. DFW is a great market for this test too, as no other carrier has a direct flight from the middle of America to Israel. If this goes well, I’d expect them to try the same out of another city next year.
American Airlines is doubling down on Chicago to Europe, I for one think this is great and also necessary. Earlier this year American announced that it was stopping almost all of its Asia service’s from Chicago. It made me wonder if they were giving up in Chicago and planning for ORD to become a domestic only hub. The good news is that with these new international routes it now makes ORD a summertime gateway to Europe, including to some very odd destinations like Poland. By next summer, AA will have 10 European destinations with 9 of them being seasonal flights.
The last thing American announced, was its first flight into Africa. American is currently the only of the Big 3 not flying to Africa. If you think flying to Morocco seems like an odd choice for AA to start with, it isn’t. Royal Air Maroc (RAM), is joining the oneworld alliance next year and with the ability to connect with RAM to Europe, and many smaller destinations on the Western Africa coast, this makes perfect sense. I’m not sure PHL is the right market for AA to start with, as the northeastern corridor is pretty well served already but they will eventually find the right mix.