American Airlines Group launched a daily B787-8 Dreamliner nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on Sunday, marking the Fort Worth-based carrier’s third nonstop route to the Chinese capital and 15th route between the US and the Asia-Pacific region.
Since 2010, American has served Beijing from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and in 2015 added service from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. American’s service between Los Angeles and Beijing comes almost two years after the airline first signaled its intention to fly the route.
“American is proud to be the only US-based carrier to offer service between Los Angeles and Beijing,” Jim Butler, American’s senior vice president – international and cargo, said in a statement.
The new route enhances American’s expanding Asia-Pacific network by providing more options for business and leisure travelers, as well as cargo customers looking to connect shipments on American’s network to Latin America and other destinations in the United States, Butler added.
Since 2015, American has added service to 24 new destinations from LAX including Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, Tokyo Haneda and now, Beijing, said Suzanne Boda, American’s senior vice president – Los Angeles. “The launch of new nonstop service to Beijing solidifies LAX as American’s West Coast gateway to the Asia-Pacific region,” she said.