Wayfarer TV: American adds five new routes, including first African flights

by James Wilkinson

American Airlines has unveiled its summer 2020 international schedule, which includes flights to Africa for the first time.

New services being added in 2020 include Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca, Morocco (CMN) beginning June 4; Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) beginning September 9; Chicago (ORD) to Krakow, Poland (KRK) beginning May 7; Chicago to Budapest, Hungary (BUD) beginning May 7; and Chicago to Prague, Czech Republic (PRG) beginning May 8.

When American begins service to Morocco next year, it will be the airline’s first entrance into the African continent. American will be the only U.S. carrier with nonstop service to Casablanca, which will be operated three times per week on a Boeing 757.

“Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service to Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning.


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“We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join oneworld in January, which will allow for even more connections further into Africa to places like Marrakech, Lagos and Accra. This is only the beginning.”

As demand continues to grow between the U.S. and Tel Aviv, American is adding three weekly flights from DFW, its largest hub.

These flights will serve customers throughout the U.S. and allow many customers to make only one stop, rather than the previous two stops that were available, to Tel Aviv.

As the tech industry continues to grow in the market, American will provide the most efficient routing to U.S. tech cities like Austin, Texas, and San Jose, California, in addition to one-stop service to 33 new cities in the U.S.

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American’s Midwest hub, Chicago, has seen significant growth and now offers more domestic and international seats today than it has in more than a decade.

Next summer, the growth continues with three new destinations in Eastern Europe, including American’s first flight to Krakow and new service to Prague and Budapest, which American began flying to seasonally from Philadelphia in 2018.

American will offer the most premium seats to Eastern Europe of all U.S. carriers next summer, as all of the new flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-8, featuring 20 Flagship Business seats and 28 Premium Economy seats.

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“There’s strong local demand to Eastern Europe in Chicago, and it’s important that we provide more service for our customers to visit family and friends or explore a new part of the world,” said Raja.

“Chicago has been a great example of trying new things with our network, like seasonal service to Athens that launched earlier this year, and when customers take advantage, it allows us the opportunity to keep growing.”

American will be the only U.S. carrier providing service to Krakow, Prague and Budapest from Chicago and the new flights will be available for purchase from August 12 2019, with the exception of Tel Aviv, which will be available for purchase from October 10, 2019.