Here’s Looking at You, PHL

American Airlines to launch service between Philadelphia and Casablanca in 2020, becoming carrier’s first flight to the African continent
American Airlines revealed plans to expand nonstop seasonal service offered from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to two new destinations—Casablanca, Morocco (CMN), and Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF)—while adding additional frequency to other European destinations beginning in summer 2020.
“Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service in Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning. “We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join oneworld in January, which will allow for even more connections further into Africa to places like Marrakech, Lagos and Accra. This is only the beginning.”
Seasonal roundtrip service to Casablanca will operate three times per week from June 4 through September 8, while flights to Reykjavik will operate daily from June 4 to October 24. Both routes will operate using a Boeing 757-200, carrying 176 customers in a two-cabin layout with 16 lie-flat Business seats, 52 Main Cabin Extra seats and 108 Main Cabin seats.
“Philadelphia is our trans-Atlantic hub and we are thrilled to be offering service to Casablanca, our first to Africa, and new service to Reykjavik,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “Travelers will have more options out of Philadelphia than ever before.”
“As American’s trans-Atlantic gateway, Philadelphia plays an important role connecting customers traveling between destinations across the U.S., Europe—and now Africa,” said Jim Moses, American Airlines Vice President of Philadelphia Hub Operations. “We continue to invest in our Philadelphia hub, adding service to seven new trans-Atlantic destinations and more than a dozen domestic markets in the past two years, while continuing to enhance the customer experience through new and upgraded amenities like our forthcoming Flagship Lounge.”
Launching service to the African continent
When flights to Casablanca launch next year, American will be the only U.S. carrier with service to Morocco and Northern Africa.  And thanks to the connectivity offered through PHL, customers traveling from 38 U.S. cities that were previously unserved or required two-stops will now have one-stop access to Africa.
“American’s network growth into previously unserved international markets like Casablanca creates new opportunities to connect Philadelphia, its people and our region’s growing economy with more people and more places across the globe,” according to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “As our largest provider at Philadelphia International Airport and a major employer in the region, we’re proud to support American’s continued success and investment in our city.”
CMN also serves as Royal Air Maroc’s primary hub, offering customers traveling with oneworld seamless, cost-effective connections to 44 destinations in 27 countries across Africa—including Marrakesh, Morocco, Lagos, Nigeria, Cairo, Egypt and Accra, Ghana.
Travel to the land of fire and ice
In 2018, American Airlines launched seasonal service from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport (KEF)—connecting customers to the land of fire and ice, famous for its endless summer days, naturally heated lagoons, numerous glaciers and Northern Lights.
To better align American’s leading global network, the carrier will transition seasonal service from DFW to PHL beginning in summer 2020. Daily flights from PHL will provide customers more convenient options to connect from destinations across the U.S.
More service to popular destinations
In response to customer demand, American is also planning to increase the frequency of service between PHL and two popular European destinations. Service to both Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV), which launched for the first time in June with three weekly flights, and Berlin, Germany (TXL), which launched with four, will return in summer 2020 with daily service.
“Last year, American Airlines became the first airline to offer service between North America and Dubrovnik,” said Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia International Airport. “PHL is uniquely positioned to support American’s trans-Atlantic growth, offering unconstrained opportunities to test and develop previously unserved international markets. Added frequency to both Dubrovnik and Berlin validates their approach while providing customers traveling to and through PHL more choice and flexibility in their travels.”
Connecting more people to more places
American Airlines is also expanding its global network from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and DFW. As demand continues to grow between the U.S. and Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), the airline is adding three weekly flights from its largest hub, DFW—providing the most efficient routing to U.S. tech cities like Austin, Texas and San Jose, California, as well as one stop service to 33 new cities in the U.S.
Building on the success of seasonal service launched from PHL to Prague, Czech Republic (PRG) and Budapest, Hungary (BUD) in 2018, American also plans to add new service from ORD to PRG, BUD and Krakow, Poland (KRK). Once inaugurated, American will become the first and only carrier to connect the U.S. and KRK—and the only U.S. carrier to provide service from ORD to BUD and PRG.
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