New Destination Enhances American's International Route Network
American Airlines, the world's largest airline and a founding member of the global oneworld Alliance®, will begin nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport (DME) on June 2, 2008.
"We are pleased to offer service to Moscow, the cultural and financial capital of Russia, adding another crown jewel to our sparkling international route network," said David Cush, American's Senior Vice President - Global Sales. "From Chicago, American is, or soon will be, providing links to the world's key developing economies in Russia, China, and India, as well as established markets in Japan, Europe and Latin America.
"The Russian economy is booming and many of our nation's top 100 corporations are doing business there, so the time is right to begin serving Moscow," added Cush. "Our Chicago hub is well positioned to draw passengers and shippers from throughout the nation's heartland to travel to Moscow, providing our customers with the route network they value."
"American Airlines flights from Chicago to Moscow are a big win for Illinois travelers," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). "Each new international route increases competition among air carriers while consumers, businesses and tourists benefit from a decrease in ticket prices. By this time next year, these new flights will have opened up a world of travel possibilities for the entire state."
"This is truly exciting news. Moscow is an exciting destination for business as well as leisure travelers," said Jerry Roper, President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. "Moscow is an extremely important emerging world market and a new nonstop flight from O'Hare will be invaluable."
Moscow becomes the fifth major international destination that American has begun from O'Hare since November 2005 when it launched nonstop service to Delhi, India. In April 2006, the airline added a daily nonstop flight to Shanghai, China. On December 13, American will add nonstop service to Buenos Aires, the cultural and financial center of Argentina, and in March 2009 the airline will begin flying from Chicago to Beijing, China.
American also offers as many as five daily nonstop flights during the summer season to London Heathrow, a daily flight to Frankfurt, Germany; Rome; Paris; Brussels, Belgium; and Tokyo. American also offers nonstop daily service to Manchester, England; Dublin, Ireland; Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto in Canada; and Acapulco, Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and San Jose del Cabo in Mexico. American Eagle offers nonstop service to Nassau, Bahamas, and Halifax, Canada, from O'Hare.
American plans to fly its Chicago - Moscow service six days a week with its 225-seat, two-class (Business and Coach/Economy) Boeing 767-300 aircraft, featuring 30 Next Generation Business Class seats. Eastbound flights will fly every day except Sunday. Westbound flights will operate every day except Monday.
Here is the tentative schedule for the service:
Flight # Departs: Arrives:
158 ORD 4:55 p.m. DME 12:15 p.m. Next Day
159 DME 4:50 p.m. ORD 2:40 p.m. Same Day
Domodedovo is a privately owned and operated airport located about 14 miles southeast of Moscow. It has an integrated domestic and international terminal. A modern freeway, as well as a nonstop train, connects the airport with downtown Moscow. Other oneworld partner airlines, including British Airways, Iberia and Royal Jordanian use Domodedovo and Japan Air Lines will be moving there soon.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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