United, American to Launch Two Major Transatlantic Routes From the West Coast

Two major U.S. carriers have announced new transatlantic routes from the West Coast. American Airlines and British Airways have announced plans for the first and only service from Portland, Oregon, to London, while United Airlines has announced a new daily nonstop service from its San Francisco hub to Dublin, Ireland

British Airways, American’s Atlantic joint business partner, will operate the Portland – London flight, which starts June 1, 2020. The new San Francisco – Dublin flight will begin June 5, 2020, making United the only U.S. airline to offer daily direct flights to Dublin from the West Coast. United will operate the route on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

In addition to the new Portland – London flight, American and its joint business partners, including Iberia and Finnair, will launch eight new transatlantic routes for summer 2020 and extend five seasonal flights beyond the summer.

The following American Airlines routes will operate into the winter:

Origin Destination Aircraft New end date
Chicago O'Hare Barcelona, Spain Boeing 787-8 November 29, 2020
Chicago O'Hare     Athens, Greece Boeing 787-8     October 24, 2020
Dallas - Fort Worth Rome Boeing 787-8     January 5, 2021
Philadelphia Prague Airbus A330 January 5, 2021
Philadelphia Lisbon, Portugal Airbus A330 January 5, 2021

These flights will be available for purchase December 23, 2019.

As previously announced, beginning in June, American will offer new seasonal service from Chicago O’Hare to Budapest, Hungary; Krakow, Poland; and Prague, Czech Republic, in addition to new service between Philadelphia and Reykjavik, Iceland. Iberia recently announced new service between Madrid and Washington-Dulles International Airport, and International Airline Group (IAG) subsidiary LEVEL will launch new service from Paris-Orly, France to Las Vegas and Boston.

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