There a new nonstop option to China on the horizon for American Airlines flyers.
The U.S. Transportation Department has tentatively approved American Airlines’ request for a new route from Los Angeles to Beijing.
Once it wins final approval, American is expected to start flying the route in 2017. American currently flies to Beijing from its Dallas/Ft. Worth and O’Hare hubs.
The new China authority is for daily non-stops from LAX to Beijing, a route not currently served by any U.S. carrier. Both American and Delta had applied for the route, but DOT tentatively decided that giving it to American would even things out among the Big Three serving Beijing from west coast, since Delta already flies there from Seattle and United does the same from San Francisco.
DOT said it couldn’t assign the LAX-Beijing route to both American and Delta because the U.S.-China aviation agreement limits the number of flights between the two countries, and the allotment for U.S. carriers has nearly been used up. The agency said it will continue to hear objections and counter-arguments to assigning the route to American until November 29, after which it will issue a final decision.
The only carrier currently offering LAX-Beijing non-stops is Air China.
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