American Airlines appears to be fighting back after Delta announced their intention to operate a Philadelphia to London Heathrow service… with a second daily service to be operated by the airline.
American Airlines Boeing 757-200 taxing at New York JFK Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
The flight will be a daytime operation, operating daily on the following timetable:
DEPART PHL 09:55 ARRIVE LHR 22:10 DEPART LHR 08:20 ARRIVE PHL 11:35 Booked Equipment Boeing 757-200 (US Airways) Commences 29th March 2015 Operates Daily
Flight numbers are unavailable as yet, nor are the flights available for booking it seems on the American Airlines booking site.
The statements on the PR newswire are full of the usual – however, this will bring oneworld operations between London and Philadelphia to four flights a day, all using different equipment:
- American/US Airways Early flight: Boeing 757-200
- US Airways night flight: Airbus A330-300
- British Airways Boeing 777 (early evening departure)
- British Airways Boeing 787 (late evening departure)
Whilst the slot given up by BA/AA to allow the transatlantic joint venture to go ahead has been given to Delta, this could be a bit of a bar-room brawl for the Atlantic based airline to walk into….
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At least they will be cheaper than the fuel charge heavy BA flights I would think.