American airlines seeks permission to launch LA- Shanghai flights

American Airlines filed an application with the US Department of Transportation seeking authority to launch nonstop flights to shanghai from Los Angeles International Airport to  beginning April 5, 2011.

“These new flights would be the only nonstops between Los Angeles and Shanghai operated by a US airline,” said Will Ris, American’s senior vice president – government affairs. “Los Angeles-Shanghai is the largest US–China market for air travel, and we believe it is in the public’s interest to offer more air service between the two cities and to provide new connecting opportunities for passengers traveling to other points in the US and China.”

“The proposed service also complements American’s existing flights between Chicago and both Shanghai and Beijing,” said Kurt Stache, American’s vice president–international. “By starting this new service, our customers will have even more choices and more opportunities to travel to China.”

American will operate daily nonstop service using 247-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class, and 194 Economy class seats.

American, which also flies nonstop from Los Angeles to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, began service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Shanghai in April 2006 and from O’Hare to Beijing in May 2010.

American’s flights operate from Pudong’s Terminal 2.

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