American Airlines Receives Tentative Approval for Daily LAX-Shanghai Flights

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 November 2016
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IMGP4722The U.S. Department of Transportation gave tentative approval to American Airlines to offer daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Beijing.

American had been competing against Delta for the coveted slot, although the Department of Transportation ultimately sided with the Fort Worth-based carrier, saying that awarding them the service would provide a third U.S. carrier to choose from for flights between the West Coast and Beijing, as Delta currently offers flights from Seattle, and United from San Francisco.

The decision is tentative, and objections to it are due by November 22. The department will review all objections before making a final decision.

Currently, four U.S. airlines, American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United, offer non-stop service linking the United States and China in addition to flights offered by four Chinese carriers, namely Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, and Hainan.

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