American Airlines announced (16-Oct-2013) plans to launch its first-ever nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport in 2014, as it seeks to further strengthen its position in key international markets, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The new daily service between DFW and Hong Kong will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, marking the first time American will deploy its flagship aircraft to Asia. The new service between DFW and Shanghai will be operated with a 777-200 aircraft. Pending regulatory approval, customers can travel on these new routes beginning summer 2014. Both routes will be operated as part of American's joint business agreement with fellow oneworld alliance member Japan Airlines. The service to Hong Kong will add a new destination to American's international network, and the service to Shanghai complements American's existing service from Los Angeles and Chicago O'Hare. Through oneworld member airlines and their affiliates, American's customers will have access to more than 145 destinations within Asia. In addition to welcoming the 777-300ER to Asia with the launch of service to Hong Kong, American will take delivery of and deploy additional 777-300ER aircraft to key international markets in 2014, including routes from American's hub in Miami for the first time. American will begin operating the 777-300ER on one of two daily services from Miami to London Heathrow in Jan-2014, and one of its four daily services from Miami to Sao Paulo (GRU) in Nov-2014. American will also operate an additional 777-300ER between New York JFK and London Heathrow in Mar-2014. By the end of 2014, American will have 16 of the 20 777-300ER aircraft it has on order deployed throughout its network. [more - original PR]
American Airlines to launch service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong and Shanghai
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