DFW AIRPORT, Texas, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Customers from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport now have non-stop access to two of the most popular destinations in EuropeRome and Amsterdam. American Airlines will operate the seasonal flights daily from May to September for the peak summer travel season.

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«We’re thrilled our customers will now have non-stop access to two of the most iconic destinations in Europe,» said John Ackerman, executive vice president of Global Strategy and Development for DFW Airport. «These routes answer the demand from a large number of local customers and provide a fantastic opportunity for customers who start their travel in the western United States. European customers can connect on American at DFW to more than 160 domestic destinations, as well as dozens of important business and leisure markets throughout Canada, Central and South America

American is scheduled to operate the inaugural flight to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) on the same Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that served Pope Francis during his visit to the United States in 2015. Named «Shepherd One» during its papal missions, the aircraft is adorned with a commemorative plaque, noting the Pope’s travels.

«Rome is a popular destination for our customers during the summer, and as a key hub for American Airlines there was a great deal of demand from the DFW area,» said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network Planning. «The 777-200ER is the right size aircraft for this route as it offers 37 brand new lie-flat Business Class seats featuring all-aisle access, as well as 58 Main Cabin Extra seats and Main Cabin with personal TVs and power at every seat.»

For service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, American will operate a recently retrofitted 767-300 aircraft. The upgraded amenities include 28 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access seats in Business Class and 21 Main Cabin Extra seats with additional legroom.

Rated as the best hub airport for customer satisfaction in North America by Airports Council International, DFW has strategically focused on global expansion and world-class amenities, attracting new international carriers and destinations every year. The new flights to Europe strengthen DFW Airport’s position as the premier mid-continent gateway for international travel.

About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport earned the distinction of the best large airport in North America for customer service in 2016 from Airports Council International. DFW Airport warmly welcomes more than 65 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. DFW Airport customers can choose among 163 domestic and 55 international nonstop destinations worldwide. DFW is elevating the customer experience with modernized facilities and updated amenities, as well as through a $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For more information, visit the DFW web site.

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Plaque Commemorating the American Airlines aircraft used by Pope Francis during his visit to the United States and used today for the inaugural flight to Rome from DFW Airport.

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