American Airlines Launches New Routes to Hong Kong and Shanghai from Dallas

By Paul Riegler on 16 October 2013
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American's new Flagship Suite on the Boeing 777-300ER

American’s new Flagship Suite on the Boeing 777-300ER

At a news conference at its hub in Dallas Wednesday, American Airlines announced plans for two new routes from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Daily nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport will start next summer.

Flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong will depart at 12:40 p.m. and arrive at 6:00 p.m. the following day.  Flights from Hong Kong will depart at 1:30 p.m. and arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth at 4:30 p.m.

From Shanghai, flights will depart at 4:55 p.m., and will arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth at 6:15 p.m.  Flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Shanghai will depart at 10:55 a.m. and arrive at 2:55 p.m. the next day.

American will operate the Hong Kong route with a Boeing 777-300ER, the airline’s first deployment of this aircraft to Asia.  The Shanghai route will be operated using a Boeing 777-200ER.

Both new routes will be operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with Japan Airlines.  The Hong Kong route is American’s first to this destination; the airline already offers service to Shanghai from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Passengers will be able to connect to more than 145 destinations within Asia from the new destinations using oneworld member airlines, and the routes open up new travel possibilities to the U.S. for passengers originating in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

American’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will be used on the Hong Kong route, have all-new seating throughout the aircraft.  The first-class cabin has eight Flagship Suites.  Each Flagship Suite seat is 29” wide including the armrests (which can be lowered), and 21” with the armrests up, and the fully-extended bed is 80” long.  The suite itself is 45” wide.  Each suite has a large and well-padded ottoman (which becomes part of the bed).

The two business-class cabins have a total of 52 seats or pods in a 1-2-1 configuration, a layout identical to first class.  Seat pitch is 75” (an increase of 15” over the earlier business-class seating) and width is 25” with the armrests down (20” with them up).  The pod’s overall width is 44”.

The new routes will require regulatory approval.

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