American Airlines to Begin Dallas-Beijing Service in May

By Paul Riegler on 22 January 2015
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An AA 777 at t he gate in Dallas

An AA 777 at the gate in Dallas

American Airlines, which originally announced plans to offer service linking Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing last fall, announced it had received approval for the new route from the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The airline will begin operating the route on May 7.  American is the first carrier to offer non-stop flights between the two cities.

Flights will depart Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 10:40 a.m. local time, arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport at 2:15 p.m. the next day.  Return flights depart from Beijing at 4:25 p.m. and arrive in Dallas at 5:00 p.m. the same day.

American plans to operate the service using newly-retrofitted Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with 45 new lie-flat business-class seats, 45 premium economy lite Main Cabin Extra, and 170 seats in coach.  Seats in business class have a bed length of 76.5”, and come equipped with two power outlets and a USB port, as well as 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 a seat pitch of 36” to 37” and range from 18” to 18.5” in width.  Coach seats have a seat pitch of 31” to 32” and also range from 18” to 18.5” in width.

With the start of service in May, American will offer non-stop flights from Dallas to five cities in Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

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