American Airlines to Launch New Route Between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing

By Jesse Sokolow on 25 September 2014
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An American 777 in Dallas

An American 777 in Dallas

American Airlines announced it plans to begin new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing next summer.  The carrier filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is currently awaiting government approval.

Once the service is approved, American will become the first carrier to offer non-stop flights between the two cities.

American plans to operate the service using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.  The carrier is currently retrofitting its fleet of 777-200ERs to include American’s new lie-flat business-class seats, as well as installing 45 Main Cabin Extra (the airline’s premium economy lite section) seats in the planes.  Seats in business class will have a bed length of 76.5”, as well as two power outlets and a USB port, in addition to a 17” touchscreen monitor connected to an in-flight entertainment system offering 250 movies, 180 TV shows, and 350 audio tracks. Seats in Main Cabin Extra will have up to 6” of additional legroom.

The flights will be operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with Japan Airlines.  The new route will be American’s 11th service between the United States and Asia.

Earlier this year, American Airlines began new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and both Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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