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American Airlines Announces Great Route Plans for Europe

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Written by Charlie

American Airlines has announced some great new routes for Europe that will deliver service to several European cities from AA hubs around the country – including as far west as Phoenix. These routes will start next year but the big question will be – what will award availability look like?

American Airlines had made some noise about cutting back on flights into Asia and yesterday, they rolled out what they plan to do to make up for that. Their plan is to go in the other direction – with many new routes into Europe.

This is good news for anyone that likes to visit Europe without having to take a lot of connections to get to the final (and beautiful) destinations that AA now brings to us non-stop.

American Airlines Announces Great Route Plans for Europe

Link: New AA Route Announcement

Here are the new routes that American Airlines has announced for Europe, starting next year.

Route Aircraft Season Frequency
CLT–MUC* A330-200 Begins March 31 Daily
DFW–DUB* 787-9 June 6–Sept. 28 Daily
DFW–MUC* 787-8 June 6–Oct. 26 Daily
ORD–ATH* 787-8 May 3–Sept. 28 Daily
PHL–EDI* 757 April 2–Oct. 26 Daily
PHL–TXL* 767 June 7–Sept. 28 Four times weekly
PHL–BLQ* 767 June 6–Sept. 28 Four times weekly
PHL–DBV* 767 June 7–Sept. 27 Three times weekly
PHX–LHR 777-200 March 31–Oct. 26 Daily

The ones with asterisks are pending government approval.

As you can see, they are really stretching their European reach by including new routes from Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and even Phoenix. This is great news for everyone that does not want to travel all the way to the East Coast to take European flights out of JFK, Philadelphia, or Charlotte.

These new flights will go on sale August 27, 2018.

The new route changes from American Airlines | Courtesy of American Airlines

Great News on These New Routes!

Their addition of Chicago to Athens is an interesting one since they already have service out of Philadelphia to Athens but that route is a nightmare to find any kind of awards on. Not only that, but the timetable for that flight may not be as good for those that need to connect with flights from the western US. Chicago puts more of those in reach.

The Dallas to Munich gives another German destination from Texas to join their Dallas-Frankfurt route. That is also great news as Munich opens the doors to tons of places around Europe and having that daily for over 4 months will be a help to many.

Finally, I love that they are adding Phoenix to London-Heathrow. That will join the British Airways flight on that route now. Phoenix has been adding some European destinations over the last couple of years and getting an AA flight for those living in and around Phoenix for non-stop service to London is great news.

What About Award Travel?

It should be interesting to see how AA handles the award availability on these new flights. Normally, AA is horrible with their awards, especially business class, to Europe. With the demise of Air Berlin, many AA flyers lost a great option for award flights to Europe. It would be nice to see AA release more space.

My guess is that they will not initially (at least on purpose!) as they will want to sell as many tickets as they can. Initial sales should be pretty good if they advertise this correctly. But some of these seasonal routes stretch into the fall months when many people are not traveling as much because of school. That is good news for those that can because those months can still be beautiful for European travels!

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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