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American plans to add new direct flight from Charlotte to Europe

American Airlines will add a new flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Munich Airport next year.
American Airlines will add a new flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Munich Airport next year. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

American Airlines plans to add a new flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Munich Airport next year, the airline announced Tuesday.

Starting March 31, the flight will be the first international long-haul flight launched by American from Charlotte since 2014, the company said. The flight will need government approval, according to American.

“Our new flights from Charlotte will provide German customers with access to our second-largest hub and onward connections to more than 120 destinations,” said Vasu Raja, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning. “Through our Atlantic Joint Business with British Airways, Iberia and Finnair, we have seen increased demand for service into Munich, and introducing this new flight provides more choices for customers on both side of the Atlantic.”

Charlotte has more than 200 German companies, which employ about 17,000 people, according to the Charlotte Chamber.

Lufthansa has had direct flights to Munich from Charlotte since 2004. Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, was a partner with US Airways before its merger with American.

American will operate the flights using an Airbus 330-200.

Passengers can fly on two classes, including Flagship Business, which has “lie-flat, aisle-accessible suites,” according to American. All passengers will have access to high-speed international wi-fi and personal entertainment screens.

There will be eight additional American flights from the United States to Europe starting next summer. That includes daily summer flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland and seasonal service to airports in Berlin, Bologna and Croatia.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, where American’s largest hub is located, will add daily summer service to Dublin and Munich.

American has two flights from Charlotte to Europe year-round — London and Frankfurt. Seasonally, American has flights from Charlotte to Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Dublin and Rome.

Cassie Cope: 704-358-5926, @cassielcope.
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