American Airlines to launch 1st flight to Africa
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American Airlines to launch 1st flight to Africa

- American Airlines Group Inc. is set to expand its flight coverage to Africa in 2020

- The US major airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas said it will launch lights to the Moroccan city of Casablanca from June 4, 2020

- There are also plans to extend coverage to Lagos, Accra and Marrakech after launching in Morocco

American Airlines Group Inc., a US major airline headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, within the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, is set to launch its first flight to Africa in 2020.

This was made known by the carrier in a statement on published on the company's website on Thursday, August 8. gathers that the airline plans to launch flights to the Moroccan city of Casablanca from June 4, 2020, in partnership with Royal Air Maroc.

The new development will make American Airlines become the only US carrier with nonstop service to Casablanca.

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The new route will be operated three times per week on a Boeing 757.

“Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service to Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” said Vasu Raja, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning in the statement.

“We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join OneWorld in January, which will allow for even more connections further into Africa to places like Marrakech, Lagos and Accra. This is only the beginning.”

The move was reportedly possible by the joinder of the Moroccan airline into the One World Alliance. Other members of the alliance include American Airlines and British Airways.

American Airlines is also expected to resume service to the Israeli city of Tel Aviv due to an increase in demand. The carrier stopped service to the Israeli city in January 2016 due to the route’s unprofitability at the time.

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The carrier will also launch new routes to three new Eastern Europe cities; Krakow (Poland), Budapest (Hungary) and Prague (Czech Republic).

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Ibom Air, the Akwa Ibom state owned airline commenced full commercial flights on Friday, June 7.

The airline managed and operated by Ibom Air Company Limited is one of the signature projects of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s first term, launched amidst pomp and pageantry on Wednesday, February 20 with three aircraft on its fleet.

A statement sent to journalists by the chief press secretary to the governor, Ekerette Udoh, noted that the airline had met all regulatory conditions and requirements and had been certified fit to commence commercial operations. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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