American Airlines expands from Chicago and Philadelphia

Philadelphia baked not just one, but two impressive cakes to celebrate American Airlines’ new long-haul services to Budapest and Prague. Seen posing with the cake sensations, created by Night Kitchen bakery, a company with over 30 years baking expertise, are Olympia Colasante VP Philadelphia Operations, American Airlines, and Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia Airport. Both routes will operate daily.

Venice Marco Polo greeted the arrival of American Airlines’ new service from Chicago O’Hare this week, with the first departure from the US airport having taken place on 4 May. Cutting the ribbon in Venice to officially open the new transatlantic link are: Angelo Camilletti, Manager, Sales Southeast Europe, American Airlines; the first flight captain; Flavio Olivero, Area Manager Milan Malpensa and Venice airports, American Airlines; and Camillo Bozzolo, Aviation Development Director, Venice Marco Polo Airport.

American Airlines Budapest Philadelphia

American Airlines commenced services to Budapest from Philadelphia on 4 May, with the Hungarian capital airport greeting the return of the oneworld member, which last served the airport seven years ago, with this impressive cake. Seen cutting the route launch showstopper are: Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport; Chellie Cameron, CEO, Philadelphia Airport; Richard Muise, Director Airport Operations, Europe and Canada, American Airlines; and Jennifer Kane, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the US in Hungary. Philadelphia becomes Budapest’s third US connection.

  • American Airlines introduced nine new routes to its network this week, three of which were transatlantic services to Budapest (BUD), Prague (PRG) and Venice Marco Polo (VCE). The Hungarian and Czech Republic capitals are now connected to Philadelphia (PHL) daily, while the Italian city sees a six times weekly link from Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Along with these long-haul services, American has also inaugurated several intra-North American links. Of the nine routes added to the oneworld member’s network this week for S18, four face direct competition. See how the FTWAs from Venice Marco Polo, Budapest and Prague compare to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
4-May Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Charleston (CHS) E175 (7) United Airlines (28), Frontier Airlines (2)
Vancouver (YVR) B738 (7) United Airlines (21), Air Canada (7)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) B788 (6)  
Philadelphia (PHL) Budapest (BUD) B763 (7)  
Des Moines (DSM) E175 (14)  
Madison (MSN) Frontier Airlines (3)
Omaha (OMA) Frontier Airlines (4)
Prague (PRG) B763 (7)  
5-May Los Angeles (LAX) Flagstaff (FLG) CRJ7 (1)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 8 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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