American Airlines started direct flights between New York (JFK) and Budapest as of April 5, 2011. The flight will be operated by AA in a code-share agreement with Malév Hungarian Airlines. Both airlines are part of the oneworld alliance, which means that passengers will have access to each other's networks, fares and frequent flyer programs.
The flight will be American's first Eastern European and Hungarian operation, with the country becoming the ninth destination in Europe that American serves non-stop from the United States. The service will enable passengers to connect to more than 35 destinations beyond New York JFK and from more than 25 destinations beyond Buridapest across Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
“We are delighted to be launching this new route into Hungary and to be strengthening our existing European operations” commented Kurt Stache, Americans Vice President - International. “We are excited to be working closely with our partners at Malév and believe this new service to New York will prove to be very popular, providing a great connection not only to one of the worlds most beautiful cities but also to the many destinations we serve from JFK.”
American will fly the new route with its twin class 225 seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft, offering 30 lie flat business class and 195 economy seats.
Malev has had a long history of code-share and Malev operated direct flights between New York and Budapest. Scheduled service to New York with Boeing 767 aircraft began in May 1993 and operated until October 2008. Currently, Delta has scheduled, non-stop flights between New York and Budapest until mid October. According to their schedule they will resume their service as of next summer. The fact that two US carriers will be competing on the same route should mean better rates and increased frequency for passengers.