American Air­lines eyes Novem­ber Los An­ge­les-Bei­jing flights

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

AMERICAN Air­lines’ long-awaited Los An­ge­les-Bei­jing route may be get­ting a Novem­ber launch date.

The US car­rier sub­mit­ted a fil­ing to the US De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion (DoT) last month with Novem­ber 5 as the sug­gested launch date.

The pro­posed sched­ule would see flights de­part Los An­ge­les at 1110, ar­riv­ing the fol­low­ing af­ter­noon in Bei­jing at 1620. The re­turn leg would fly out of Bei­jing at 1830 and ar­rive the same day in Los An­ge­les at 1515.

American Air­lines orig­i­nally an­nounced its in­ten­tion to launch the route back in March 2016, but has en­coun­tered dif­fi­cul­ties in se­cur­ing the nec­es­sary slots. Ri­val US car­rier Delta Air Lines has also ex­pressed an in­ter­est in the route, hav­ing pre­vi­ously sub­mit­ted its own fil­ing with the DoT to launch the ser­vice if American Air­lines is un­able to do so.

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