American Airlines to launch on London Heathrow to Phoenix route

21 Aug 2018 by Tom Otley

American Airlines is launching a  new service between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) from March 31, 2019. The new flight, operated by B777-200 aircraft is in addition to the existing service by American’s Atlantic Joint Business partner British Airways. This will be American’s first transatlantic flight from PHX.

“Our transatlantic partnership with British Airways continues to strengthen and provide new possibilities for both carriers and customers throughout Europe and North America,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning. “Our extensive networks on each side of the Atlantic are complementary and enable further long-haul expansion from both points of sale.”

“We’re really pleased our partners at American Airlines are launching this new route between two fantastic cities,” said Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network. “This new service, combined with British Airways’ daily flight between London Heathrow and Phoenix, further strengthens our Atlantic Joint Business, making our customers’ travel experience even easier and more rewarding.”

The B777-200 offers three classes: economy, premium economy and business.

Next summer, American is introducing eight additional services between the US and Europe. All of the flights will be operated as part of its Atlantic Joint Business.

  • From Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): Daily summer seasonal service to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Scotland; and new summer seasonal service to Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL), Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) in Italy and Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) in Croatia
  • From Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): Daily summer seasonal service to Dublin Airport (DUB) and Munich Airport (MUC)
  • From Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): Daily summer seasonal service to Athens International Airport (ATH) in Greece
  • From Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT): Daily year-round service to Munich (MUC).

American’s joint business partner Finnair also announced new service between Helsinki Airport (HEL) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will begin March 31.

American’s flights will be available for sale from August 27, 2018.

2019 additions:

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

*Subject to government approval

Manchester Airport, however, will lose its Chicago flight

And there are big changes on Asian routes.

American Airlines drops Chicago-Shanghai, reduces Tokyo frequency

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