American Airlines ramps up domestic and international connections

American Airlines Chicago Athens

American Airlines launched flights between Chicago O’Hare and Athens on 3 May, with the first flight touching down in the Greek capital the following morning. This is American’s second route to Athens after Philadelphia. Pictured cutting the cake in Athens are Elena Kountoura, Greek Minister of Tourism (third right), and Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece (second right). Also present at the launch were Ioanna Papadopoulou, Communications and Marketing Director, Athens Airport (fifth right)) and Richard Muise, Director, Europe & Canada Operations, American Airlines (fourth right).

American Airlines Asheville

American Airlines celebrated three new routes to Asheville this week, launching services to the airport from Dallas/Fort Worth, New York LaGuardia and Philadelphia. Asheville toasted the occasion with this impressive four-tiered cake. Note that while adorned with a model A321, all routes to Asheville will be flown using regional aircraft.

Orlando Melbourne Airport celebrated American Airlines’ new link from Washington Reagan with an airline-themed cake, while cupcakes were presented either side of the main baked wonder spelling out the IATA codes of the two airports.

  • American Airlines expanded its network on 3 and 4 May by introducing 11 new routes to its network, with the most significant being a 8,766-kilometre sector between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Athens (ATH). The transatlantic service will be flown daily this summer using a mixture of 787-8s and 787-9s. The only other international route launched by American during this period was from Miami (MIA) to Santiago de Cuba (SCU). Of the 11 routes launched by American, only one will face direct competition, with that being the 627-kilometre hop from Chicago O’Hare to Erie (ERI) in Pennsylvania. 
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
03-May Chicago O’Hare (ORD) Athens (ATH) B78S (7)  
Erie (ERI) E145 (7) United Airlines (14)
Charlotte-Douglas (CLT) E145 (14)  
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Asheville (AVL) CRJ9 (7)  
Miami (MIA) Santiago de Cuba (SCU) A319 (7)  
Philadelphia (PHL) Asheville (AVL) E145 (7)  
Chattanooga (CHA) E145 (7)  
04-May New York LaGuardia (LGA) Asheville (AVL) E175 (2)  
Daytona Beach (DAB)  
Washington Reagan (DCA) Hilton Head Island (HHH)  
Orlando Melbourne (MLB)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 7 May. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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