FORT WORTH, TX – American Airlines announced today it will begin daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Madrid, Spain starting May 1, 2009. American will fly the route with its 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft in two-class configuration.
The inaugural departure, Flight 36, will depart DFW at 5:35 pm, Friday, May 1 and arrive in Madrid at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 2 – a flight lasting approximately 9 hours, 25 minutes. The first departure from Spain, Flight 37, will depart Madrid at 1:10 pm, Saturday, May 2 and arrive at DFW at 4:45 pm the same day – a flight lasting approximately 10 hours, 35 minutes. All times are local.
“Connecting Dallas/Fort Worth to Madrid is more than simply providing new destinations and greater opportunities for our customers. It’s just as much about connecting cultures and opening up economic opportunities that did not previously exist,” said Gerard Arpey, American’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are making this investment with the belief that our Joint Business Agreement and antitrust immunity application with British Airways and Iberia will ultimately be approved. Once approved, we earnestly hope and believe that it will be the first of many other opportunities to enhance and expand connections between the United States and Europe, allowing our customers greater access to the world and benefitting the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community.”
Madrid will be the 34th international destination served by American and American Eagle from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub, depending on the season. With its oneworld(R) Alliance partners, the new service will also provide convenient and seamless travel to 87 destinations served nonstop beyond Madrid into Europe, Africa, and Asia.
From DFW, American and American Eagle operate approximately 745 daily departures to more than 150 nonstop destinations. Among American’s nonstop international destinations from DFW are cities in Argentina, the Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Panama, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela.
“This is a terrific new addition to our international portfolio and will offer our local passengers and connecting travelers another prime destination to one of the financial and cultural capitals of Europe,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. “Bringing new international air service to this region is one of our airport’s major strategic priorities, and this new flight will generate more than $107 million annually for the north Texas economy. We applaud American Airlines for linking our award-winning International Terminal D to another major European gateway.”
American, a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, currently serves Spain with two daily nonstop flights – to Madrid from Miami International Airport and to Barcelona from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
“Spain is expanding its investment and business opportunities in the United States with an eye on Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth region, so this is terrific news for our citizens and our economy,” said Tom Leppert, Mayor of Dallas. “This announcement clearly demonstrates the strength of our business marketplace, as well as the power of DFW International Airport to boost tourism and trade for all of us.”
“North Texas and the city of Madrid are economic centers for technology, manufacturing, and tourism. Now, these two power houses will be seamlessly linked by a new, nonstop daily flight,” said Mike Moncrief, Mayor of Fort Worth. “This new service is certain to create jobs, spur new development, and expand investment opportunities for the people of Fort Worth, as well as the good citizens of Madrid.”