11 MAY 2015

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Article from BTNews 11 MAY 2015

American Airlines launches US flights from the regions

Birmingham and Edinburgh airports last week both saw the launch of American Airlines flights to JFK New York. The flights also carry a British Airways code share, a return for BA after a long break, and a first for Edinburgh.  Boeing 757s are used for the services with 16 Business Class seats and 164 Economy.

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Airport summed it up, in effect for both airports:  “We warmly welcome today’s new American Airlines daily service between Birmingham and New York JFK as it provides more choice for people wanting to access this vibrant US destination and has created almost 100,000 extra seats between the two cities.

“American Airlines’ strong route network from JFK also broadens onward connectivity across the Americas and Canada, including nearly hourly connections to LA, San Francisco and Orlando, and international flights down to Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Rio, as well as up to Toronto and Montreal.

“This joint business and oneworld alliance with British Airways also means that we see the return of a British Airways code share to Birmingham, allowing customers to earn and redeem Avios points.”

United Airlines operates from both cities but to New York’s alternative airport Newark.  www.aa.com

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Tim Brooksbank, Bradford, UK

Unfortunately AA's transatlantic regional services are a joke, so unreliable, run with cranky beat up (to the passenger sometimes apparently un-airworthy) old aircraft. This with AA's couldn't care less staff attitude is impossible for the business traveller. A330 routes with US Airways staff excellent unlike AA. See Flight Stats for how often AA cancels or is seriously late, experienced first hand: AA repeatedly cancels flights for serious aircraft failures and no spare crew / aircraft. Unfortunately BA codeshares, leading frequent BA travellers like me to use them! The idea of regional transatlantic is fantastic, the reality is shockingly awful.


Tim Brooksbank, Bradford, UK

Unfortunately AA's transatlantic regional services are a joke, so unreliable, run with cranky beat up (to the passenger sometimes apparently un-airworthy) old aircraft. This with AA's couldn't care less staff attitude is impossible for the business traveller. A330 routes with US Airways staff excellent unlike AA. See Flight Stats for how often AA cancels or is seriously late, experienced first hand: AA repeatedly cancels flights for serious aircraft failures and no spare crew / aircraft. Unfortunately BA codeshares, leading frequent BA travellers like me to use them! The idea of regional transatlantic is fantastic, the reality is shockingly awful.


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