Oneworld folks in the US – if international travel is your thing, then rejoice. American is adding a plethora of new routes through the autumn and winter season to Europe.
Okay but they’re also taking a few flights off the network too – but let’s be positive and start with the adds.
For May to Sept 2017:
Dallas – Amsterdam
Dallas – Rome
Chicago – Barcelona
Dallas – Kona (seasonal, from Feb to March and June to July 2017)
So this is a great thing for AA and Oneworld folks based in and around Texas. East Coast based passengers are used to great access to continental Europe, but this a new venture for American in the south and Midwest. Its great to see.
Now here are some of the cuts:
Philadelphia – Brussels (already terminated)
Chicago – Dusseldorf (already terminated)
JFK – Birmingham closes 1/6/2017
Philadelphia – Zurich ends 9/30/16
As most might know, US Airways merged with American a few years back and the cuts seem to be sectioned out evenly between US Airways (Philadelphia originating flights) and AA (Chicago and New York based flights) – so going on this notion all the newly released airplanes that would be operating the old flights are being redirected to the new flights will be going to AA hubs (Dallas/Chicago). But it seems like a good distribution of flights and ‘beach’ destinations – as in flights going to warm cities in the winter when it’s cold in the US.
A smart and pragmatic use of resources on AA’s part for the traditionally slow winter season.
So where will you oneworlders be off to for some sun this winter?