American Airlines today launches new, daily seasonal nonstop service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Rome Fiumicino Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
The new summer service complements year-round service to Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona from other American hubs and will run through Sept. 30.
“Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome are popular year-round destinations that see a surge of interest from our customers during the peak summer travel season,” said Vasu Raja, vice president – Network Planning. “Our new seasonal service will provide U.S.-based customers with more options to travel to their favorite spots and will provide our European customers with one-stop connections to more than 150 destinations in the U.S., South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.”
Customers flying to Rome on today’s flight will travel on “Shepherd One”, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft that transported Pope Francis during his first visit to the U.S. in September 2015. The aircraft is adorned with a commemorative plaque noting the Pope’s travels. The seat used by Pope Francis was removed from the aircraft and transported to the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth, where it was added to the museum’s collection. Subsequent flights will be operated using other Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
The new service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Amsterdam will be operated with a Boeing 767-300. The new service between Chicago and Barcelona will be operated using Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
American Airlines is in the midst of a historic fleet renewal program that includes spending $4.1 billion on new aircraft this year alone, including 13 new Boeing 787s.