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American, United Announce New International Routes

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Representatives for American Airlines and United Airlines announced Wednesday the carriers would be launching new international routes in 2020.

American officials revealed the carrier would debut the first and only year-round service from Portland, Oregon, to London along with Atlantic Joint Business partner British Airways, starting June 1.

British Airways will operate the flights between Portland International Airport and Heathrow Airport. In addition, American revealed it would launch eight new transatlantic routes for summer 2020 alongside joint business partners Iberia and Finnair.

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“Our partnerships mean more new routes and more options for our customers around the world,” American Senior Vice President Vasu Raja said in a statement. “With this new British Airways flight between London and Portland, American and our partners will offer more than 1,000 flights every week between North America and Europe.”

United also announced a new route Wednesday, as the airline revealed it would launch a new daily nonstop service from its hub at San Francisco International Airport to Dublin, Ireland beginning June 5, 2020.

When the California-to-Ireland flights kick-off, United will be the only airline to offer daily service direct to Dublin from the West Coast. The route will be operated with United’s fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes.

“Dublin and the Silicon Valley are two regions synonymous with big tech,” United Vice President Patrick Quayle said in a statement. “Many global tech companies have a major footprint in both regions, and they need a carrier with an extensive worldwide network to help conveniently connect their business. As the only U.S. airline to serve Ireland from the West Coast, United is uniquely suited to provide the connectivity these companies and economies need to continue thriving.”

In addition, Frontier Airlines also announced it would be adding 25 new nonstop routes starting in March 2020, including several international flights.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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