FORT WORTH, Texas, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today launches daily nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) – reinforcing American's commitment to expanding and strengthening its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Through American's extensive network from Dallas/Fort Worth, customers traveling from Hong Kong and Shanghai now have one-stop access to nearly 200 additional destinations.
"Increasing international service from Dallas/Fort Worth with new nonstop flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai is great news for the people of North Texas and everyone who connects through this world-class gateway at DFW International Airport," said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines. "American is proud to offer the first service between Texas and these important international business hubs. These new routes enhance our expanding global network and further establish American's position as the preferred carrier for one-stop connections between Asia and major business and leisure destinations in North, Central and South America."
"As the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex continues its phenomenal growth, our reach continues to extend all over the world," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "We're thrilled to be able to offer this kind of international travel to our businesses and tourists alike, and we're excited about the quality of travel American Airlines will offer."
"These new routes represent a tremendous opportunity for significant economic impact for our region," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "DFW Airport, Mayor Price and I have been advocating for more direct access to Asia, knowing the trans-Pacific market is critical for business across the state. Nonstop service has the potential to launch Dallas and Fort Worth into a new dimension of international business and cultural engagement."
"Today marks one of the biggest milestones in the 40-year history of DFW Airport and our region, as we begin a new era of service connecting Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong and Shanghai," said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport. "These direct routes connect two of the world's most significant economic centers to DFW and will open new avenues of trade and tourism for our region. Additionally, we expect our Asian visitors to quickly discover that DFW Airport is the preferred point of entry for visitors into the United States and Latin America."
The new daily service between DFW and Hong Kong will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, marking the first time American will deploy its flagship aircraft to Asia. The aircraft features a three-class cabin configuration with fully lie-flat seats in First and Business Class, international Wi-Fi, and more customer and cargo capacity than any other aircraft currently in American's fleet.
The new service between DFW and Shanghai will be operated with a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. American will be retrofitting its entire fleet of 777-200ERs to include fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with aisle access; new seats in the Main Cabin; in-seat entertainment; and international Wi-Fi capability. The new fully lie-flat Business Class seats on American's 777-200ERs will afford travelers among the largest living space of any 777 Business Class seat offered by any U.S. carrier.
Daily DFW-HKG Service Schedule (all times local)
Departs DFW at 12:45 p.m.
Arrives at HKG at 6:05 p.m. the following day
Departs HKG at 1:30 p.m.
Arrives at DFW at 4:30 p.m.
Daily DFW-PVG Service Schedule (all times local)
Departs DFW at 10:55 a.m.
Arrives at PVG at 2:55 p.m. the following day
Departs PVG at 4:50 p.m.
Arrives at DFW at 6:10 p.m.
These new routes are operated as part of American's joint business agreement with fellow oneworld® alliance member Japan Airlines. Through oneworld member airlines and their affiliates, American's customers have access to nearly 150 destinations within Asia.
The service to Hong Kong will add a new destination to American's international network, and the service to Shanghai complements American's existing service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with wholly owned and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn miles for travel, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and everyday purchases. Members of both programs can redeem miles for tickets as well as upgrades to First Class and Business Class. In addition, AAdvantage members can redeem miles for vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and at Facebook.com/USAirways.
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