American Airlines begins flying between New York and Budapest

Cake of the Week:
American Airlines’ New York JFK to Budapest

American Airlines was welcomed to Budapest where the oneworld airline connects with its alliance partner Malév. The Hungarian capital is the airline’s ninth European destination and American’s only in CEE.

Admiring the cake with decorations of both New York’s and Budapest’s Statues of Liberty were John Boetcher, American Airlines’ Managing Director Strategic Alliances EMEA & India; Kam Jandu, Budapest Airport's Aviation Director; Kurt Stache, American Airlines’ VP International; Martin Gauss, CEO Malév Hungarian Airlines; and Patrick Bohl, Budapest Airport’s Head of Airline Strategy and Development. (Budapest Airport photo)

As American Airlines’ 777-200ER arrived at Shanghai Pudong, disembarking passengers were handed souvenir boxes. The crew then posed for a picture together with American Airlines’ Managing Director Greater China Li Zihuang (left) and VP Asia & Pacific Theo Panagiotoulias (right). Li and Panagiotoulias were then joined by the captain and Li Shiqin, Deputy Managing Director Shanghai Pudong Airport, in cutting the ribbon for the new route.

  • American Airlines launched two new intercontinental routes on 5 April. With its 225-seat 767-300ER aircraft, the oneworld airline flies daily from its New York JFK (JFK) hub to the Hungarian capital Budapest (BUD) where it connects with its alliance partner Malév’s network. Malév itself used to operate the route between 1993 and 2008. The new service, which was reported on in at the time of its announcement, from June competes with Delta’s also daily summer season flights. This is American Airlines’ ninth European destination and its first route to Central and Eastern Europe since its services to Moscow Domodedovo 2008-2009. American also served Riga and Warsaw between 2000 and 2001. Kurt Stache, American Airlines’ VP International, commented: “We are delighted to be launching this new route into Hungary and to be strengthening our existing European operations.” The same day, American Airlines launched its second route to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) as the airline began flying daily from Los Angeles (LAX) with 247-seat 777-200ER aircraft. The service competes with China Eastern’s also daily flights. Qiu Shaofang, the Chinese Consul General to Los Angeles, said: “American’s flight from Los Angeles-Shanghai will not only benefit the people of our two countries, but also play a positive role in enhancing the friendship of our two peoples and promoting the economic and tourism cooperation between our two nations.”

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