Just today, I noticed a picture on American’s Twitter feed, pointing to the fact that they were hiring Dutch speaking flight attendants.
The obvious hint at this rumor suggest that American would be starting an additional route to Amsterdam, which apparently is true.
Within the past few weeks, an email was sent to Chicago based flight attendants asking for additional Dutch speaking flight attendants for a “possible flight to Amsterdam.” The email explains how they’re short on Dutch speaking flight attendants, and that upon the training of additional fluent personnel, they’ll be able to start the route. Due to privacy reasons, the full content of the email cannot be shared.
Here’s what we know at this time:
- The route will operate with Chicago ORD based flight attendants.
- The flight may not necessarily originate in Chicago, non-stop to Amsterdam. It could be an ORD-JFK-AMS, or an ORD-PHL-AMS flight (keep in mind, AA currently flies the PHL-AMS route, so if this city is chose, it would be a second daily departure).
- American is not getting rid of the daily PHL-AMS flight, currently operated by a legacy US Airways 757 with recliner style Business Class seats. This route will remain.
- The new route will be operated on a legacy American 757 with angled flat “new generation” business class seats.
This is interesting for sure! The current Philadelphia flight is almost always sold out, and American receives no competition on the route. If you want to upgrade from economy to business, forget about it…there’s no availability. With this additional frequency – whether it be from ORD, PHL or JFK – will hopefully provide some additional award and upgrade space (crossing fingers…).
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