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Last Thursday American Airlines announced that it would be launching 5 new international routes in 2020 and, at least in part, put an end to the speculation that had been doing the rounds for some time.
American Airlines announced that it would be operating 4 new summer season routes to Krakow, Prague, Budapest, and Casablanca and it also indicated that it would be starting year-round service between Dallas/Ft Worth and Tel Aviv.
At the time of the announcement we were told when we could expect the routes to start and even what aircraft we could expect to see operating the routes, but we were left in the dark when it came to the schedules American Airlines was proposing.
Over the weekend, American Airlines posted the schedules for its 5 new routes so the remaining unknowns surrounding last week’s announcement have been cleared up. Also, as of today, American Airlines has opened up bookings for the 4 seasonal routes with bookings for the Tel Aviv route expected to be taken from 10 October 2019.
Chicago – Budapest
This route is set to launch on 7 May 2020 and will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 4x/week on the following schedule:
AA130 ORD 18:30 – 10:35+1 BUD (Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri)
AA131 BUD 12:40 – 16:25 ORD (Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat)
The route will operate through 24 October 2020.
Chicago – Krakow
The Chicago – Krakow route is scheduled to operate from 7 May to 23 October 2020 and with over 200,000 Poles based in Chicago, it’s not hard to guess which segment of the population American Airlines is targeting here.
The Krakow route will be operated by an American Airlines 787-8 Dreamliner 5x/week on the following schedule:
AA225 ORD 18:55 – 11:10+1day KRK (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun)
AA226 KRK 12:40 – 16:05 ORD (Wed & Fri)
AA226 KRK 13:00 – 16:25 ORD (Mon, Thu & Sun)
Chicago – Prague
American Airlines plans to start up a new route between Chicago and Prague from 8 May 2020. As with the other new seasonal European routes, this service will be flown by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and is scheduled to operate 5x/week on the following schedule:
AA186 ORD 18:50 – 10:50+1 day PRG (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)
AA187 PRG 12:50 – 16:05 ORD (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
The new route to Prague is set to end service on 24 October 2020.
Philadelphia – Casablanca
Casablanca is the first African destination American Airlines has flown to and is almost certainly being added to the schedules in an effort to dovetail operations with Royal Air Maroc (which will become a full member of the oneworld alliance in 2020).
The new route from Philadelphia is scheduled to be launched on 4 June 2020 and will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft 3x/week on the following schedule:
AA082 PHL 21:30 – 10:05+1 day CMN (Mon, Thu & Sat)
AA083 CMN 12:15 – 15:45 PHL (Tue, Fri & Sun)
This route will be offered for the shortest period of time (out of the new seasonal routes) as not only is it launching later than the routes to Europe but it will be ending sooner too – 8 September 2020.
Dallas/Ft. Worth – Tel Aviv
The new year-round American Airlines route between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Tel Aviv is set to launch on 9 September 2020 and will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft 4x/week on the following schedule:
AA018 DFW 22:20 – 19:10+1 day TLV
AA015 TLV 22:05 – 05:05+1 day DFW
Because American Airlines hasn’t yet opened up reservations for this route and because airline schedules haven’t been posted beyond 11 September (at the time of writing), we still don’t know what days of the week this route will operate – I’ll update this post as and when that information becomes available.
[HT: Routes Online]