Today, American Airlines announced new flights that I thought would be of interest to Middle Age Miles readers:
- AA is adding second daily flights from DFW to Paris (CDG) and Madrid (MAD) , operating June 6 through October 27, 2019 (subject to change); and
- AA is adding 18 new domestic routes, including 5 from DFW, with all but one of the new routes being serviced by regional jets.
Additional Flights from DFW to Paris & Madrid
For us, the additional flights from DFW to Paris (CDG) and Madrid (MAD) are very exciting. Here are the flight schedules:
- AA 22 – DFW-CDG – Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
- Departs DFW 8:30 pm
- Arrives CDG 12:45 pm next-day
- AA 23 CDG-DFW – Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
- Departs CDG 3:25 pm
- Arrives DFW 6:50 pm
- AA 156 – DFW-MAD – Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
- Departs DFW 8:50 pm
- Arrives MAD 1:05 pm next-day
- AA 157 – MAD-DFW – Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
- Departs MAD 4:55 pm
- Arrives DFW 8:20 pm
As of now, each flight is scheduled to operate daily from June 6 through October 27, 2019. These flights are scheduled to be available for sale on Monday, December 17.
Honestly, I love these flights, for many reasons:
- Increased capacity to Europe during the holiday season (and fall shoulder season) is great. Additional capacity means there are more chances for (1) fare sales on these prime European routes to fill the seats; (2) Saver-level award seats to become available; and (3) business class seats to be available for upgrades to clear.
- I love the scheduling of the DFW-CDG/MAD legs. The late departure time allows us to work almost a full day on the day of departure, which may allow us to get to Europe a day earlier than we otherwise could have. The late departure time also makes it easier to sleep on the plane, since you’re flying during natural sleeping times. And the later arrival time into Europe makes it easier to get checked straight into a hotel when you arrive.
- I also like the later scheduling of the return legs. This means that you can have a leisurely morning before you get to the airport, yet you still arrive back into DFW at a reasonable time in the evening.
- The 787-9 Dreamliner is the most comfortable plane in AA’s fleet.
At Middle Age Miles, we’ll be keeping an eye out for award availability on these flights and figuring out if we can fit them into our travel plans for next summer and fall!
New Domestic Routes
As we mentioned, AA also announced 18 new domestic routes, all but one of which are being operated by regional jets. We find some of these flights interesting because they open up easier access to some nice vacation destinations in the US.
Service dates vary (see the charts below), and these flights will also be available for sale starting Monday, December 17.
First, let’s take a look at the new routes from DFW:
The three seasonal routes on this list would make for fun summer vacations – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Kalispell, Montana (Glacier National Park); and Santa Rosa, California (Sonoma & Napa wine country). The year-round flight to San Luis Obispo, California, would also make for a nice Pacific Coast vacation. We really like having these new options.
Also, these flights will be serviced by E175 aircraft, which is my personal favorite domestic plane in the AA fleet. I love the 2-2 seating, lots of Main Cabin Extra seating, the decent chances of scoring an upgrade as an AA elite, and the newness of the planes. I’m only speaking half-tongue-in-cheek when I call the E175 the “new queen of the skies.”
AA also announced a number of other new domestic routes, as follows:
Among these routes, the one that jumps out at me as most interesting is the new seasonal flight from Philadelphia (PHL) to Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ). Halifax and its surrounding area seems like a nice place for a relaxing summer getaway, so I really like the option of an easy one-stop connection through PHL to get there.
What are your thoughts on AA’s extra flights to Paris & Madrid and its new domestic routes? Are you planning to fly any of these? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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