It’s no longer a rumor, American confirmed service for seasonal routes in Summer 2020 and beyond. Check out the full press release here.
There has been a bit of a buzz about American’s new seasonal routes for 2020.
Ben over at OMAAT highlighted the quirky, ASMR-like video teaser featuring VP of Network Planning Vasu Raja which American ran yesterday on its social media platforms. Gary Leff at VFTW also wrote about his speculation about the possible routes, including expanded Australia service with the newly approved joint venture with Qantas. Of course, last but certainly not least, there’s the ever-knowledgable JonNYC on Twitter with the inside scoop.
Piecing together the puzzle a bit, here’s what may be announced. I don’t think the Australia and New Zealand or Asia routes will be announced this time around. Instead, the focus will be on Europe (and perhaps even Africa & the Middle East).
Potential New Seasonal Routes For 2020:
- Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca (CMN)
- Chicago (ORD) to Krakow (KRK)
- Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) to Tel Aviv (TLV)
- Other existing European routes but from different hubs
Why These Destinations?
American will enter both Africa and the Middle East in one fell swoop. Previously, American had a short-lived service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, but this would be the first time the airline will have service to Africa.
With Royal Air Maroc (RAM) joining the Oneworld alliance in mid-2020, that would align perfectly for American to have a partner in Casablanca. RAM is based in Casablanca so that will provide connecting traffic to more destinations within Morocco like Marrakech and Fes.
Chicago is the city with the largest Polish population outside of Poland, and no US carrier currently flies to any city in Poland. American would go head-to-head with LOT with its daily service between the two cities on a Boeing 787.
Dallas to Tel Aviv will avoid any competition to Israel and also capture connecting traffic from the south and western regions of the US.
American has been less adventurous compared to Delta and United when it comes to expanding its route portfolio. Now, that looks like it may be starting to shift. The Skift’s Brian Sumers had a great article on why and AA’s potential future plans in an article back in February.
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