American Airlines Is Launching Flights From Los Angeles To Beijing in November


American Airlines plans to launch its new flight to Beijing from Los Angeles in November, after securing economically viable slots at the Chinese airport.

The Fort Worth-based Oneworld Alliance carrier plans to begin daily service on 5 November, it says in a filing with the US Department of Transportation today. It has previously said it will use a 289-seat Boeing 777-200 on the route.

Los Angeles (LAX) 11:10am Departure ? Beijing (PEK) 4:20pm (+1) Arrival
Beijing (PEK) 6:30pm Departure ? Los Angeles (LAX) 3:15pm Arrival

Despite having the necessary air rights, there was another problem — there were no slots available at PEK. However, as reported by Flight Global, American was successful at securing one thanks to a $200 million investment in China Southern Airlines that hinged on a slot exchange. “American explored all options to obtain commercially viable slots at PEK and we’re pleased those efforts were successful,” a spokesman for American says, adding that all slots are awarded by Chinese regulators.


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