American Airlines is reportedly looking at seasonal Philadelphia – Dubrovnik service.
The world’s largest carrier, American Airlines, is considering introducing seasonal flights to Dubrovnik. According to the “TangoSix” portal, the company is in talks with the airport over a seasonal service from Philadelphia. A decision on the matter is expected within the next month.
That seems a bit of a stretch to me.
- Dubrovnik is a city with a population of 42,000 people (2011) though the surrounding region is larger.
- American has no partner in Dubrovnik and I’d expect them to serve it via joint venture partner British Airways. However BA operates Dubrovnik service only via London Gatwick, and less than twice daily on average. Still that points to Dubrovnik the limits of this leisure destination for a full service airline even from within Europe.
- There’s no connecting partner in Croatia to carry passengers to Split or Zagreb.
- Airlines talk with airports about new routes all the time. Air China is talking to Philadelphia. That could happen, but it doesn’t mean it will happen.
Still American likes to experiment with routes using 767s. It offers a poor customer experience in business class — though more room in coach — and the airline’s CEO thinks they need to be retired quickly. But if this route were to comes to fruition it would almost certainly be operated by a 767.
American Airlines Boeing 767 Business Class
Authorities in Dubvrovnik have been looking for twice weekly year-round service from New York. There’s a large Croatian population in New York, and an even bigger one in Pittsburgh (but not in Philadelphia). However American sees Philadelphia as its connecting hub for transatlantic traffic, and they only want to service business routes from New York — and not all business routes, for instance they dropped New York JFK – Zurich and haven’t offered New York JFK – Frankfurt in many years.
I’d love to see American try this a couple of days a week though! They’d be the only U.S. airline serving Croatia.