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As it turns out these fares have actually been around for over a month, but I guess I just didn’t pick up on them at the time. In early March American announced that they’d be extending basic economy fares to transatlantic markets as of April.
While American introduced basic economy on domestic flights in early 2017, up until recently they haven’t been available in any longhaul markets.
It’s not surprising that it took them a while to add these on longhaul flights, given the joint ventures they have in many markets. So when they add basic economy on transatlantic flights they’re not just doing so on their own flights, but also on British Airways, Finnair, and Iberia, which are their joint venture partners.
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