Today American Airlines launched daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). This marks the carrier’s third nonstop route to the Chinese capital and 15th route between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2010, American has served Beijing from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and in 2015 added service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
The daily LAX-PEK service schedule will be as follows (all times local):
Service between LAX and PEK will be operated using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft that features 28 fully lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in Business Class. All seats onboard the 787-800 have access to international Wi-Fi, a touchscreen monitor equipped with up to 260 movies, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games.
At PEK, American recently relocated from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2, significantly reducing connection times for customers transiting flights between the U.S., China and other destinations in Asia. This move also allowed American to collocate with its equity partner, China Southern.
Until this direct flight started today, the only One World route option between LAX and PEK was with a connecting flight thru Haneda (HND).
American Airlines continues to expand new service worldwide and is continuously evaluating new markets to maintain a leading position amongst U.S. carriers. Back in August 2017, American announced new seasonal service to Budapest and Prague and additional service to Venice.
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