American Airlines will launch a new service for the summer 2021 season from Athens to New York (JFK), starting June 3.
Flights on a Boeing 777-200 will be available for booking beginning this Monday, January 25.
The Fort Worth-based carrier announced that it will start flying a seasonal daily flight to Athens that will operate through Oct. 30.
“We are looking forward to launching our new route between New York and Athens, which will offer enhanced connectivity between these two great cities,” said Tom Lattig, Vice President of EMEA Sales and Distribution at American Airlines.
“The safety and comfort of our customers and team is always our top priority and we look forward to serving our customers on this popular business and leisure route,” he said.
Vacation in Greece
Flights to Athens will likely be popular among those looking to vacation in Greece.
In Summer 2021, Delta is slated to fly two daily nonstop JFK to Athens flights, while Emirates and United will each fly once daily from Newark, according to Cirium schedules. Of course, timetables could change depending on vaccine rollout and worldwide COVID-19 case counts.
For its part, American flew once-daily seasonal service to Athens from Chicago (ORD) and Philadelphia (PHL) before the pandemic, and it remains to be seen if either of those will return, in addition to the new JFK flight, as demand recovers.
On May 6, 2021, American will also takeoff to Tel Aviv, marking the carrier’s return to Israel, it last operated a nonstop flight there in 2016, from Philadelphia (PHL).
Both new long-haul JFK flights will be featuring 37 seats in fully flat business class, 24 premium economy recliners, 66 extra-legroom main cabin extra seats and 146 standard coach seats.
Wi-Fi and seat-back entertainment will be available on all flights.
American and JetBlue are also working together to provide flights and both promised to boost connectivity in the region, with a focus on Boston and New York. JetBlue will provide much of the domestic connectivity to American’s international routes from the area.
American Airlines is the world’s largest airline when measured by fleet size, scheduled passengers carried, and revenue passenger mile.
Before the pandemic, the airline handled more than 200 million passengers annually with an average of more than 500,000 passengers daily. As of 2019, the company employed nearly 130,000 people.