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American Airlines announces nonstop flights to Doha, Qatar

American Airlines has announced new nonstop flights from New York JFK to Doha, Qatar.

Nonstop to Qatar

Starting 4th June 2022, American Airlines will operate daily flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Doha’s Hamad International Airport. This route is part of the airline’s ‘deepening relationship’ with Qatar Airways. The flights will be operated by American’s Boeing B777-300ER aircraft featuring 4 classes of service – First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.

The Boeing B777-300ER is American’s flagship aircraft. It is the only aircraft in the airline’s fleet that features American’s flagship First Class, which is the airline’s true long-haul international first class product. These seats are configured in a 1-2-1 layout.

Following this cabin are 52 Flagship Business reverse herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Passengers flying in a Flagship branded cabin will be in for a treat. Those in First Class can access American’s exclusive Flagship First Dining facility on the ground in JFK. Both First Class and Business Class customers can access the airline’s Flagship Lounge.

Behind the Business Class cabin is the Premium Economy Cabin featuring 28 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. The premium economy seats are similar to that of the airline’s domestic first class seats. They are recliner style, but offer more width and pitch than economy seats onboard the aircraft.

Then there are 28 extra-legroom economy seats, branded as Main Cabin Extra, with 36″ of pitch. Finally, there are 188 standard economy seats with 31-32″ of pitch. These cabins are arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration.

All seats onboard the aircraft are equipped with seatback entertainment. There is also WiFi available on the flights for passengers who want to use their own devices to catch up on work or stream other entertainment.

Brian Znotins, Vice President of Network Planning, American Airlines, said:

We continue to creatively find ways to build a network that gets customers where they want to go when they are ready to travel. Adding Doha to our expansive global network and resuming a significant portion of our European routes provides our customers with more choices as they plan next year’s vacations.

Located in the heart of the Middle East, Doha offers a range of attractions, including museums and galleries, desert safari adventures and beautiful landscapes such as the amazing Inland Sea. With the launch of American’s new service to Doha, the airline will deepen its relationship with Qatar Airways. Passengers have already benefited from the expansive codeshare between the two airlines as it has allowed passengers to access new destinations in the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia that American does not currently serve.

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Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer, Qatar Airways, said:

We look forward to welcoming our oneworld partner and friends at American Airlines to our home airport in Doha, recently voted the World’s Best Airport, and offer connectivity to numerous business and leisure destinations across the region and beyond.

Seasonal Summer 2022 schedule

American says that in order to offer its ‘customers the most connectivity to the destinations they want to travel to’, the Dallas-based carrier has strategically built a summer schedule that optimizes the use of the airline’s widebody fleet, focused on the most popular destinations and maximizes connections with international partners.

All widebody aircraft currently being used on short-haul routes in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Mexico will be redeployed to popular trans-Atlantic destinations next summer, including Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal & Venice, Italy. This spring, the airline will resume service from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Rome, Italy and start up seasonal services to both Rome and Athens, Greece, earlier than in previous years.

As with many airlines in the world, continued delivery delays of Boeing B787 Dreamliner is affecting American Airlines too. The airline is currently facing a shortage of widebody aircraft and this has provided unique challenges in planning international flying months in advance to American. As a result, the carrier will not resume service to Edinburgh, Scotland, or Shannon, Ireland, in 2022. And as demand remains soft in Asia, American is discontinuing service to Hong Kong, which was a very big market prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

American has also adjusted operations on some existing Asia and South America routes and reduced frequencies, allowing the airline to offer more options to passengers next summer.

This year, American launched 37 long-haul international routes, including 7 new routes which are:

Meanwhile, American Airlines recently announced that it will open a new Admirals Club in Austin, Texas.

Featured image by American Airlines

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