American to cancel Chicago – Brussels

American Airlines from 6th November is cancelling service on the Chicago – Brussels route. The availability is now zeroed out from this day.
This route has been believed to be one of American’s strongest trans-Atlantic routes and was expected to get a challenge from United’s new service on the same route – however no industry analyst expected it to be this soon.
American presently flies the route daily, with a Boeing 767-300ER and the flight is code-shared with Etihad Airways, British Airways and Iberia. United presently flies the route with a Boeing 767-300ER too, six times a week, and is code-shared with Continental and SN Brussels Airlines.
However, the key to the route’s success has been United’s code-share agreement with fellow Star Alliance member SN Brussels Airlines on this Star hub – Star hub route. The extensive African network of SN Brussels must be a key driver of connecting traffic for United. At the time of SN Brussels’ Star Alliance entry, American – which at the time had been a code-share partner of SN – did not seem too happy and wanted to extend the code-share agreement till the last possible day.
And, there goes another route from American.

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