4 APRIL 2016

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Article from BTNews 4 APRIL 2016

LA Beijing bid by American

American Airlines has applied for a licence to operate daily service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Beijing (PEK) from 16 December in a move to solidify LA’s status as American’s West Coast gateway to Asia.

Chief marketing officer Andrew Nocella said the new service would be American’s only Beijing access from the western US, creating new connections to a “major business and leisure destination”. “Beijing is one of the world’s great cities, and nonstop service from LAX would be a great complement to our existing China service.”

American has more than doubled the number of destinations it serves in the Asia-Pacific region since 2013 and now offers or has announced flights from LAX to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo (Haneda and Narita airports), Sydney and Auckland.

Elsewhere, American is to resume seasonal flights between Glasgow and Philadelphia from 6 May.

The service, now in its 12th year, uses Boeing 757-200s in a two-class configuration, with 12 seats in Business Class and 158 in the main cabin.

In addition to Philadelphia, American offers Scottish customers direct services from Edinburgh to New York JFK, also operated by Boeing 757 with 14 seats in Business Class and 157 seats in the main cabin.  www.aa.com

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