MIAMI — American Airlines announced plans to offer non-stop service from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Beijing (PEK) beginning in summer 2015. The route, which is subject to Department of Transportation approval, will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
“By adding this new Beijing service, the airline will achieve a significant milestone in the development of its Asian network by offering nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth to five key markets in Asia –Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer.
The announcement comes days after the close of World Routes, during which DFW vice president of air service development, Luis Perez, mentioned that Beijing was the airport’s largest gap in Asia.
Beijing-DFW will be American’s 11th Asia route, following recent additions of Shanghai and Hong Kong. American also began flying to Seoul, South Korea last year. The airline currently only offers non-stop service to Beijing from Chicago. Including Beijing, American will offer 5 routes to Asia from DFW, including its long-standing Tokyo flight.
American’s addition of DFW-Beijing has been the subject of speculation since prior to its launch of service to Shanghai and Hong Kong. American had long considered service to Beijing, and had previously applied for permission to serve the route. The previous application by American was rejected by the DOT in favor of United’s application for service from Washington D.C. to the Chinese capital. American expects to have no trouble securing permission now.
The Airline is currently in the process of refitting all of its 777-200ER aircraft—which it plans to use on DFW-PEK—with flat business seats, new AVOD in all cabins, and international wifi.
“The trans-Pacific market is critical for business across the state of Texas and this new service is a direct conduit to open new opportunities for trade and tourism in our region,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “This new route represents a huge opportunity for significant economic impact for our region by connecting DFW directly to Beijing.”