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American’s Edinburgh-New York flights ‘threat’ to rivals

New YorkAmerican Airlines is to launch daily flights between Edinburgh and New York’s JFK airport for the summer season next year in a move that is seen as a direct challenge to its rivals.

Business passengers in particular may switch from British Airways which only operates flights to New York via Heathrow. United Airlines flies twice-daily between Edinburgh and New York, but to the less business friendly Newark airport.

Airline industry sources say BA Executive Club members will be tempted by American’s direct connection with JFK, particularly as they can use their Avios loyalty cards with American which is a One World Partner.

Running from May until September, the new daily service will be the first time an American Airlines aircraft will touch down at Edinburgh following its merger with US Airways.

United and Air Canada Rouge will resume flights to North America next year after a successful summer season. They will fly to Toronto and Chicago.

American Airlines will be operating its Boeing 757-200 which comes equipped with 16 lie-flat premium cabin seats.

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “We could attract more direct flights like this one to Scotland by cutting rates of Air Passenger Duty, something that we don’t currently have the power to do but which has wide support in the aviation industry.

“I congratulate Edinburgh Airport and American Airlines on this new route and look forward to seeing it take off next summer.”

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