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American Airlines To Offer Dallas-Madrid Service

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American Airlines said Thursday it would offer daily nonstop flights between its Dallas-Fort Worth hub and Madrid beginning in May.

American Chief Executive Gerard Arpey linked the new service with the belief that U.S. regulators will approve antitrust immunity for American, British Airways and Spain’s Iberia to jointly set prices and schedules of trans-Atlantic flights.

American argues that it should win antitrust immunity because two other groups of airlines have similar authority to work together on service across the Atlantic.

Federal regulators have set no timetable for acting on the American-BA-Iberia request, but Arpey said this week he is confident of approval.

“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 benefiting the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community,” said Arpey, who is also chairman of CEO of American parent AMR Corp.

American said it would begin flights May 1 using 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft with separate coach and first-class cabins.

Madrid would be the 34th foreign city served by American and American Eagle from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American operates one daily nonstop flight each from Miami to Madrid and from New York’s Kennedy Airport to Barcelona.

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