Are you a member of the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer program and planning a trip to Asia or Europe? You’ll need to know about key changes coming to the carrier’s service to some countries on those continents, including Japan, China, Germany and Italy.
American Airlines cited higher interest in Europe and some unprofitable sectors because of high fuel costs and competition for the revamp of its service.
- The number of European flights will rise in 2019 due to rising demand. The first two of nine new routes will be added March 31, including a daily year-round service from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Munich. The second is a daily flight from Phoenix to London’s Heathrow Airport that will be seasonal; service for the year will stop Oct. 26.
- Most new flights will operate on a seasonal basis. Two new daily flights will be added to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. One is to Dublin from June 6 to Sept. 28 and the other is to Munich from June 6 to Oct. 26. Chicago will get a new daily route to Athens, with flights from May 3 to Sept. 28. Four new destinations will be added from Philadelphia with varying flight days: to Edinburgh, Scotland, from April 2 to Oct. 26, to Berlin from June 7 to Sept. 28, to Bologna, Italy, from June 6 to Sept. 28 and to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from June 7 to Sept. 27.
- American Airlines will start selling tickets soon. The new flights are subject to government approval. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 27, 2018.
Asian service will be reduced from Chicago due to high fuel costs and competitive pressure. But flights will continue from Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles. The last eastbound Chicago-to-Shanghai flight will be Oct. 26, and the return westbound service will end a day later. Passengers with confirmed reservations on that route after that can rebook their trip on American Airlines via Los Angeles or Dallas-Fort Worth or on frequent flyer mileage partner Japan Airlines from Chicago through Tokyo. American will reduce its flights from Chicago to Tokyo starting Dec. 18, while Japan Airlines will increase its service on the route during the peak summer season of June to August.
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