American Airlines launches Barcelona route from Miami

Cake of the Week:
American Eagle’s Chicago O’Hare to Sioux City

From Siouxland to Chicagoland: American Eagle was welcomed to ‘Fly SUX’ with this remarkable cake featuring Sioux City’s Sergeant Floyd Monument and Gateway Arches Park. The new Essential Air Service from Chicago O’Hare replaces Delta’s Minneapolis/St Paul flights.

Cutting the ribbon for American Airlines’ first flight from Miami to Barcelona were José Abreu, Miami-Dade Aviation Director; Marilyn DeVoe, American Airlines’ VP Miami Operations; Peter Dolara, American Airlines’ SVP Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean; and Javier Ricardo, American Airlines cabin crew member.

At the Barcelona end, American Airlines’ new Miami route was also celebrated with a cake. The oneworld airline has taken over the route from its alliance partner Iberia.

  • American Airlines launched its fourth European route out of its Miami, FL (MIA) hub on 3 April when the oneworld airline began operating five times weekly to Barcelona (BCN), complementing the airline’s flights to London LHR, Madrid and Paris CDG. The route, which is operated with 225-seat 767-300ER aircraft, will see frequencies increase to daily from 14 June. The route was previously operated by its alliance partner Iberia, which launched the route a year ago, but dropped its services after a year at the end of March this year, consolidating its Madrid operations. American Airlines already serves Barcelona from New York JFK. The same day, AA’s regional subsidiary American Eagle also launched three new routes, connecting its hubs with regional airports without other scheduled commercial services as part of the US government Essential Air Service programme. Each of the routes is operated twice-daily with its 50-seat ERJ145 aircraft. From Chicago O’Hare (ORD), the airline began serving two Iowa airports; Sioux City (SUX) and Waterloo (ALO), while Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) became connected with Garden City, KS (GCK).

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