American adds Madrid from its Dallas hub

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American Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International airport and Madrid starting 1 May in anticipation of anti-trust immunity with British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia.

Oneworld alliance member American will use 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft in a two-class configuration on the route.

The latest city pair comes as American, BA and Iberia seek anti-trust immunity from the US DOT on flights between North America and Europe.

Under the proposed agreement, the three airlines plan on co-operating commercially on flights between the United States, Mexico and Canada, and the European Union, Switzerland and Norway while continuing to operate as separate legal entities.

"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," American chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey says in a statement.

Madrid will be the 34th international destination served by American from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub, depending on the season. Through its participation in Oneworld, American's new Madrid service will supply connections to 87 destinations beyond the Spanish destination.