American Airlines to add flights from Philadelphia to Casablanca

Regardless of whether or not you’ve seen the film from where it originated, you doubtless know the quote: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Now Philadelphians will be able to travel directly from Philly to Casablanca, the Moroccan city after which the classic movie is named, as American Airlines prepares to make its first incursion into Africa starting next year.

“Our customers and team members have been asking when we’re going to start service in Africa, and I couldn’t be more pleased to make this announcement for service beginning in 2020,” American Airlines Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning Vasu Raja said in a press release.

Round-trip flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Casablanca will be offered three times a week from June 4 to Sept. 8, the airline said, adding that the move will make it the first U.S. airline to offer service to Morocco and Northern Africa. It will also be adding daily flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, next year that will operate between June 4 and Oct. 24.

The flights to both Casablanca and Reykjavik will carry passengers on Boeing 757-200 airplanes, the airline said.

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The decision to launch the flights from Philadelphia is based on the city’s standing as “American’s trans-Atlantic gateway,” American Airlines Vice President of Philadelphia Hub Operations Jim Moses said in the press release.

Mayor Jim Kenney said his administration is “proud to support American’s continued success and investment in our city.”

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