American Airlines has launched three new daily services between Europe and America for the summer season. 

The nonstop flights connect Dallas Fort Worth International Airport with Rome Fiumicino Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol, as well as Chicago O’Hare International Airport with Barcelona-El Prat Airport.

American Airlines will operate the seasonal flights daily between now and September, complementing the airline’s year-round service to Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona from other American hubs.

Commemorative plaque on Shepherd One

Commemorative plaque on Shepherd One

Photo: American Airlines

The inaugural flight from Dallas to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport was operated by the same Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that Pope Francis used during his visit to the United States in 2015. Named “Shepherd One”, the aircraft is now adorned with a commemorative plaque noting the Pope’s travels, while the seat he sat on was promptly removed and put on display at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth. Subsequent flights will be operated using other, presumably less holy Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Flights between Amsterdam and Dallas Fort Worth will be operated with a recently retrofitted Boeing 767-300, which offers 28 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access seats in Business Class and 21 Main Cabin Extra seats with additional legroom. A Boeing 787-8 will operate between Barcelona and Chicago.

Vasu Raja, vice president of network planning at American said: “Our new seasonal service will provide U.S.-based customers with more options to travel to their favorite spots and will provide our European customers with one-stop connections to more than 150 destinations in the U.S., South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.”

With these three launches, American Airlines now offers over 450 weekly flights and 52 routes between Europe and the US, including the airline’s most popular routes, London Heathrow – JFK and London Heathrow – O’Hare, both of which fly four times daily.

However, when you fly from Europe to the US, you may soon have some new restrictions to deal with when it comes to what you can pack your luggage as the US’ ban on laptops on commercial aircraft from 10 different airports, which came into effect in March, is likely to be extended to include some European countries. The ban may also affect flights from Britain to the US, as reported by Reuters.