Tuesday, March 05, 2019

American Airlines Is Considering Direct Flights to India and Africa

It's true, there are plenty of low-cost, no-name international air carriers that get the job done. But there’s a level of quality, safety, and service you can expect when flying the three major U.S.-based, legacy airlines: Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Via these airlines and their partners you can travel the globe, but according to Skiftthis link opens in a new tab, American Airlines lacks the global footprint of its two competitors.

That all may change in 2020, when 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners begin to arrive and are put to use by American. Vasu Raja, the airline’s vice president for planning, told Skift, “That’s the airplane that is going to take us eventually to India and into Africa, and into markets which are very different from the ones that we have been in historically, but ones we believe will be very profitable.”
This move is a long time coming for the airline that has been more conservative than its competitors in building international reach. American Airlines has a robust flight schedule to Europe and South America, but hasn’t had much success in new international markets.

Between 2005 and 2012, American offered a direct flight between Chicago and Delhi, India, but canceled it after deeming the route unprofitablethis link opens in a new tab due to plane size and flight times. The addition of the African market, which is serviced by Delta, would be a completely new venture for American Airlines.
05/03/19 Evie Carrick/Travel+Leisure