American Airlines is planning to launch daily flights between Los Angeles and Beijing later this year.
The carrier has submitted an application for the route with the US Department of Transportation, and if approved, flights are expected to commence on 16 December 2016. The airline already flies to the Chinese capital from Chicago and Dallas.
“This new route would solidify Los Angeles as American’s West Coast gateway to Asia and it would be our only Beijing access from the western United States, creating new connections to one of Asia’s major business and leisure destinations,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “Beijing is one of the world’s great cities, and non-stop service from LAX would be a great complement to our existing China service.”
Since 2013, American has more than doubled the number of destinations it serves in the Asia Pacific region. The airline currently operates, or is planning to launch, services connecting LAX with Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), Sydney and Auckland.
Details of the LAX-Beijing flight schedule and aircraft type are expected to be revealed at a later date.