By | June 7, 2023
American Unveils 4 New Long Haul Routes, Big Expansion for Next Summer - The Points Guy

With just a few weeks until September, it’s time to start thinking about all the trips you want to take next year.

As you plan your summer 2024 adventures, American Airlines will offer a handful of new seasonal routes and destinations to get you there.

The Fort Worth-based airline on Thursday unveiled a major expansion for the upcoming summer season, which includes three brand new destinations, a new route and a resumption of service.

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Here are the details. Please note that all of the new flights will be on sale from Sunday 20th August.

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3 brand new destinations

American’s expansion is headlined by the addition of three new route map pins, all located in Europe.

This includes:

  • Copenhagen
  • Naples, Italy
  • Nice, France

The airline will fly daily direct flights to all these three destinations from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Service to Nice begins on 6 May, followed by Naples on 5 June and Copenhagen on 6 June.

American will exclusively use the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on all three new routes. It will use the -8 variant – which has 20 Flagship Business capsules, 28 premium economy seats and 186 economy seats – to Naples.

Meanwhile, the other two routes will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which has 30 Flagship Business capsules, 21 premium economy seats and 234 economy seats.

When it comes to the onboard experience, American’s -9 Dreamliners have one premium business grade reverse herringbone product. The smaller “baby” -8 Dreamliners have a mix of business class products (one of which is arranged in an alternating forward and rear facing configuration). There is no telling which aircraft configuration will perform your flight.

In total, American will offer 15 daily nonstop flights from PHL to 14 European destinations next summer, representing its largest transatlantic schedule from Philadelphia since 2019.

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It’s important news for the city and for the long-term viability of this North East hub. American hasn’t necessarily shown Philly much love since it acquired the hub as part of its merger with US Airways.

For years, the airline hadn’t added much new Philly service, especially throughout its Northeast Alliance with JetBlue, which saw a a range of new transatlantic services added from New York.

Now that the Northeast Alliance is dead, American appears to be turning its attention back to Philadelphia.

Earlier this month, the airline changed the gateway for its splashy Doha route from New York to Philadelphia. It is possible that further expansions are in the works as American crystallizes its long-haul strategy.

As part of the Philly growth, the airline will also resume its PHL to San Antonio route next summer. This will increase the number of one-stop journeys that the airline can offer.

While Philly doesn’t typically suffer from the same air traffic-related delays as American hubs in New York, there’s one downside to all this expansion in Philadelphia: There’s still no Flagship Lounge in the city.

Philly is one of the only US long-haul hubs without a business class-only lounge. Now that the airline once again seems focused on increasing long-haul service from PHL, it will hopefully speed up the construction that was stopped several years ago.

“We continue our commitment to offering customers a premium experience at Philadelphia International Airport and will share more updates on the Flagship Lounge as they become available. Customers can continue to access the Admirals Club lounges in Terminals A, B/ C and F,” an American Airlines spokesperson shared in a statement.

1 new route

In addition to the new destinations, American will also add its fifth gateway – Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – to Barcelona next summer.

The airline will launch a new daily service on this 5,195-mile route starting June 5, operated by a Boeing 777-200. It has 37 Flagship Business capsules, 24 premium economy seats and 212 economy seats. (Much like the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, American offers two completely different business class products at the pointy end of the plane.)

Extending service to Barcelona is seemingly a no-brainer. There’s plenty of summer demand for this popular European city, and with the strength of American’s mega-hub at DFW, it shouldn’t have much trouble filling the plane.

Resumption of Service and Adjustments

While much of the focus is on the new routes and destinations, American is also increasing service on a host of existing routes. All the details are in the table below.

Perhaps the highlight is the resumption of service from Chicago to Venice, Italy – a route that has not been served since 2019.

Origin Destination Service notes Aircraft type
DFW BCN New daily service begins June 5, 2024 Boeing 777-200
WORDS Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) Resumes daily service on June 5, 2024 Boeing 787-8
WORDS Athens International Airport (ATH) Former seasonal restart on May 6, 2024 Boeing 787-9
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Dublin Airport (DUB) Previous season start on March 5, 2024 Boeing 777-200
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) ATH Earlier seasonal restart on
March 31, 2024
Boeing 777-200
PHL VCE Previously seasonal restart on April 4, 2024 Boeing 787-8
CLT Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Extends to year-round service Boeing 777-200
DFW DUB Extends to year-round service Boeing 787-8 (winter) and Boeing 777-200 (summer)
DFW Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO) Extends to year-round service Boeing 787-8 and 787-9
PHL BCN Expanding to year round
service
Boeing 787-8
PHL Lisbon Airport (LIS) Extends to year-round service Boeing 787-8 (winter) and 787-9 (summer)

Overall, this announcement represents American’s biggest European expansion since 2019, and it’s sure to please loyal flyers who have been yearning for some long-haul growth from the airline in recent years.

American has suffered repeated delivery delays on new aircraft, and its network bandwidth has suffered because of it.

Now it seems that everything should be settled by next year, and you will soon find an American Airlines jet in more European cities than ever before.

To facilitate the expansion, American is making some minor adjustments to its currently published schedule. This includes suspending service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Santiago, Chile for next summer, as well as reducing frequencies on the following three routes:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Paris (from twice daily to once daily)
  • Miami to London (from twice daily to once daily)
  • New York to Rome (from up to twice daily to once daily)

Finally, the airline is also making some changes to its winter schedule for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

You can find all the details in the table below. This expansion builds on American’s largest ever schedule between the US and these regions.

Origin Destination Service notes Aircraft type
CLT North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) Expand to daily flights from 15 February to 3 April Bombardier CRJ 700
CLT Exuma International Airport (GGT) Expand to daily flights from 15 February to 3 April Bombardier CRJ 900
CLT Leonard M. Thompson International Airport (MHH) Expand to daily flights from 15 February to 3 April Embraer E175
DFW Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) Expand to daily flights
starting October 29
Boeing 787-9
DFW Cozumel International Airport
(CZM)
Expand to two daily flights
from 8 January to 3 April
Boeing 737-800
DFW Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) Expand to daily flights starting February 15 Boeing 737-800
Miami International Airport (MIA) Clayton J. Lloyd Airport (AXA) Expand to two daily flights from 8 January to 3 April Embraer E175
MIA Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Expand to three daily flights from 8 January to 3 April Boeing 737-800
MIA Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) Expand to three daily flights
from 8 January to 3 April
Boeing 737-800
MIA Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) Extend to three flights on
Saturdays from 8 January to 3 April
Embraer E175

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