AA seeks Beijing permission

American Airlines has filed an application with the United States Department of Transportation to operate daily nonstop services between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing, China, starting 25 March 2007. American plans to serve the route with its 245-seat Boeing 777 aircraft in a three-class configuration.

“We’re acting on our longstanding desire to increase American’s presence in the burgeoning China market. We believe we can best serve travelers by flying from DFW, our largest hub, to Beijing - China’s governmental center,” said Gerard J. Arpey, American’s Chairman and CEO.

Beijing would be the 32nd international destination served by American from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub. From DFW, American and American Eagle operate approximately 800 daily departures to more than 155 destinations. Among American’s nonstop international destinations from DFW are cities in Argentina, the Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.