A number of new flights in Europe and more 737 Max cancellations lead this week’s air travel news.
Air Italy added 10 new destinations to its network via a new agreement with Alaska Airlines. The interline agreement includes Air Italy’s first destination in Mexico, Guadalajara, as well as a number of destinations in the United States: Anchorage, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, San Diego and San Jose (CA). Air Italy passengers will connect with Alaska Airlines’ network at Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York – JFK, which the airline serves directly from Milan. The agreement builds on the launch of Air Italy’s nonstop flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco in April 2019 and to New York in 2018, the airline said.
American Airlines also launched a new expansion to its long-haul services to and from Munich. The carrier is now offering daily flights on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner out of Dallas – Fort Worth. In Dallas, passengers can catch flights to 174 destinations in 44 U.S. states.
In other news from American, the airline announced additional flight cancellations stemming from the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft through September 3. The latest cancellations amount to approximately 115 flights per day, American said, also noting that its reservations and sales teams will continue to work closely with customers who are impacted by the cancellations. The aircraft had been grounded following the tragic crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max flight, just months after a 737 Max operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed under similar circumstances.
American also launched a new product update: a new selection of wine in its premium lounges, including Admirals Club lounges, Flagship Lounges and Flagship First Dining. The airline is aiming to spotlight local flavors with the new wines, such as bottles from the Finger Lakes region at New York – JFK and wines from Northern California at Los Angeles International Airport.