American Airlines, the world's largest airline company, will begin from early April this year to launch daily nonstop service to China, one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets.
The first flight, AA289, will depart Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 11:05 a.m. on April 2 and arrive atShanghaiPudongInternationalAirportat 2:15 p.m. on April 3. The return flight of this route, AA288, will departShanghaiat 4:25 p.m on April 3 and arrive inChicagoat 5:00 p.m. on the same date.
In 2004, the governments of theUnited Statesand the People's Republic ofChinasigned an expanded air services agreement that doubled the number of airlines that can fly between the two countries. American Airlines is one of two that have been authorized to fly toChinasince then and will become the fourthU.S.passenger carrier to fly toChina.
Shanghaiwill be the 23rd international destination served by the American company from itsChicagohub. The new international service to the Asia Pacific region will complement American's seven routes between theUnited Statesand Asian cities.
"We have been anticipating the opportunity to participate in the growingChinamarket for five years," said Athar Khan, managing director for Asia Pacific region of American Airlines.
Chicagowill become a primary gateway toAsiafor American Airlines. More than 300,000 companies are based in theChicagoarea, including 34 Fortune 500 companies. They will benefit from nonstop service to one ofChina's largest business centers.
FromShanghai, American Airlines will offer convenient connections to several cities throughoutChinavia its long-standing partnership with China Eastern Airlines, one of the largest carriers ofChinabased inShanghai.
American Airlines will put two Boeing 777s for the new daily nonstop service betweenChicagoandShanghai. Crews on these flights will include flight attendants with appropriate language skills, and menus will feature specialized items for Chinese travelers.
(Xinhua News Agency February 28, 2006)