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American Airlines has been expanding its international routes and premium services with a fleet of new planes that’s starting to come online as part of its strategy for a new long-term business model, and it seems to be paying off since the airline’s international services revenue was up in 2012 and there has been greater demand for premium seats as the economy continues to pick up speed.
I personally had the opportunity to try out American’s new first and business class products back in April when I flew their new first class aboard the 777-300ER from JFK-Sao Paulo and then flew the new business class back and I was impressed by both classes of service.
As part if its expanding route network, American just announced that it would be launching service between Miami MIA and Milan MXP starting November 21, 2013. Tickets will be bookable starting June 1.
The new timetable for this route will be as follows and will be operated on a Boeing 767-300 with a total of 218 seats (Note: the airline’s 767-300’s do not have the new classes of service at this time but plans to retrofit half of them and retire the rest):
Daily MIA-MXP Service Schedule (all times local)
- Departs MIA at 5:55 p.m. ET
- Arrives at MXP at 9:35 a.m. CET the following day
- Departs MXP at 11:25 a.m. CET
- Arrives at MIA at 4:40 p.m. ET
American’s Vice President based in Miami, Marilyn DeVoe, said, “As the home to a growing Italian population and one of the world’s key fashion industry markets, Miami continues to be a preferred destination for travel from Milan. This new route enhances our expanding global network and provides our European customers a gateway to many Caribbean and Latin America destinations from our Miami hub.”
This comes in addition to adding routes recently from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas and New York as well as tons of new routes from LAX – so it looks like post-merger with US Airways, it will be American’s hubs that remain the focus of the airline’s strategy.
When American introduces new international routes from a hub, it tends to offer mileage bonuses on them for the first few months. For example, the airline is offering AAdvantage members bonus miles when they fly between New York (JFK) and Dublin, Ireland, between June 12-September 15, 2013 ( register using promo code AADUB) and between Chicago O’Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany, through July 15, 2013 (register using promo code AADUS). For both, business class and economy class fares booked in Y, B or H will earn 20,000 bonus miles and all other economy class fares will earn 10,000 bonus miles, which are based on roundtrip travel. However, each eligible one-way trip flown will receive half the bonus miles. American is also offering bonus miles on its new Dallas DFW – Seoul ICN route. Flyers can can earn up to 50,000 miles when they fly roundtrip on eligible fares through August 15, 2013. Register before you travel using code AAICN.
I’m glad to see American continuing to expand its international routes – especially from the hubs through which I travel most frequently! More routes mean new opportunities to earn and redeem miles to get new places across the globe, as well as to use valuable systemwide upgrades.