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October 24, 2012

American to launch new international routes next year

American Airlines will launch several new international routes next year including flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Seoul, Korea and Lima, Peru.

The Fort Worth-based carrier announced the new service on Wednesday morning saying it will enhance its international network and strengthen its joint business agreements.

"One of our goals has been to increase the mix of our international flying and diversify our portfolio," said Virasb Vahidi, American's chief commercial officer, adding that "we want to offer service to the markets that are the most important to our business and high value customers."

Vahidi would not disclose American's 2013 capacity plan as the carrier is finalizing its schedule for next year. He said the aircraft used on the new international service will come from some routes that the carrier has ended, such as flights to New Delhi and Brussels, and from routes where American will use its new Boeing 777-300s that it will start receiving later this year.

"We’ve been reoptimizing our network and reallocating our assets," Vahidi said.

Here's a list of the new planned international service:

-Dallas/Fort Worth to Lima, Peru, daily flights starting on April 2, using a Boeing 757

-Dallas/Fort Worth to Seoul, Korea, daily flights starting on May 9, using a Boeing 777-200

-Chicago O'Hare to Dusseldorf, Germany, daily flights starting on April 11, subject to government approval, using a Boeing 767-300

-New York JFK to Dublin, Ireland, daily flights starting on June 12, subject to government approval, using a Boeing 757-200

American also announced new domestic service that it will add to its network. It plans to add service between DFW and Beaumont, Tex., Fargo, N.D., and Columbia, Mo. American will also add service between Chicago O'Hare and Columbia, Mo.

Vahidi said the flights to Columbia, Mo. will be flown by American Eagle while the Beaumont, Tex., and Fargo, N.D. flights will be operated by ExpressJet under its new regional carrier agreement.

-Andrea Ahles

 

 

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