American Airlines Receives U.S. Department of Transportation Approval to Fly Between Los Angeles and Shanghai, China

New Flights To Begin April 5, 2011

Oct 07, 2010, 15:17 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, today issued the following statement:

"We are very pleased that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted us the authority and frequencies needed to begin new service between Los Angeles and Shanghai, the largest market for travel between the United States and China that is not presently served by a U.S. airline.  These new flights will enrich American's customer service offering to China and will expand American's schedule at Los Angeles International Airport, one of its five cornerstone cities.

"We thank DOT officials for their expedited review of our request and we look forward to launching these new daily flights on April 5 using 247-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, which feature 16 First Class, 37 Business Class and 194 Economy Class seats.

"This has been a terrific week for the employees, customers, and shareholders of American Airlines.  We have launched our new joint business with our immunized trans-Atlantic and oneworld partners, British Airways and Iberia.  We have announced new service from New York Kennedy to Budapest, as well as a second Barcelona flight, plus new service from Chicago O'Hare to Helsinki and a second flight between Miami and Madrid.  In addition, DOT has tentatively granted trans-Pacific antitrust immunity for American and its oneworld partner Japan Airlines."

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