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American Airlines will launch its first flight to Africa next year

American Airlines has announced a list of new routes for its 2020 summer fight schedule, including the airline’s first flight to Africa.

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Detail of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Image by danm/Getty Images

Next year, the airline will launch a service to Morocco, making it the first time the company runs a service to Africa. The flight will connect Philadelphia and Casablanca beginning on 4 June, 2020. It will make American the only US carrier with a non-stop flight to Casablanca, which will fly three times per week on a Boeing 757.

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New tramway along Boulevard Mohammed V. Image by ©Philip Lee Harvey/Lonely Planet

The airline also notes that Royal Air Maroc – Morocco’s national airline – will join the Oneworld airline alliance in January, which will allow for further connections to destinations like Marrakesh, Lagos and Accra. Other members of Oneworld include British Airways, Qantas, Qatar, Finnair and more.

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Twilight view of the Hassan II Mosque, whose 200-metre minaret is the world’s tallest. Image by ©Philip Lee Harvey/Lonely Planet

While the first flight to Africa is certainly grabbing attention, there are a number of other new flight routes coming in 2020. On 7 May, new flights will begin between Chicago and Krakow as well as Budapest. Chicago will also be connected with Prague beginning on 8 May. A flight between Dallas-Fort Worth and Tel Aviv will begin on 9 September.