As American looks to pave the way out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy re-organization, the carrier has announced it’ll launch flights to new markets in Asia, Europe, and Latin American. American Airlines’ business plan and strategies include additional international flying.
The following key routes will launch next year:
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — Seoul Incheon, South Korea (ICN)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — Lima, Peru (LIM)
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) — Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS)
- New York Kennedy (JFK) — Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
American believes this will enhance the “footprint” of their international network and will provide more choice. The airline is keen on capturing new, international traffic. Last week, American announced an international unit revenue increase of 8.0 percent for the first 9 months of 2012. Unit Revenue in the Pacific market was even stronger at 13.3 percent, driven by increased demand for the premium cabins, greater revenues from Asia point-of-sale and joint selling efforts with joint business partner, Japan Airlines.
Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We continue to strengthen American’s service from our hub markets to enhance our international offerings and better meet customer demand.” Vahidi added, “Nearly one-third of Fortune 500 companies are located in our five hub cities, and these new routes will provide more convenient access for our business travelers to key international destinations.”
The nonstop to Seoul Incheon will begin on May 9, 2013.
On April 11, 2013, the flight from Chicago O’Hare to Dusseldorf will come live. American will codeshare with oneworld alliance partner, airberlin. The codeshare agreement allows passengers to fly to beyond Dusseldorf to destinations like Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Nice via airberlin’s route network. The route will also operate as part of the joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia, as well as the Dublin flight beginning on June 12, 2013.
The Lima flight will allow passengers to fly to Lima and beyond with oneworld partner LAN.
New Domestic Flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago
On February 14, American will also add new domestic service, through its regional affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet, from Dallas/Fort Worth to the following cities: Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPT) Texas, Columbia, Mo. (COU), and Fargo, N.D (FAR), as well as new Chicago O’Hare – Columbia, Mo. service.
As the Boeing 777-300ER’s start to come online, be on the lookout for additional new routes as well as route adjustments.