[Edit: American Airlines has confirmed with Business Traveller the proposed schedule below is accurate]
American Airlines appears to have landed on a November launch date for its proposed non-stop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Beijing (PEK).
According to Flight Global, the airline made a filing with the US Department of Transportation (DoT) on Monday proposing a launch date of November 5.
While American Airlines has not yet announced the details of the route, a apparent copy of the filing emerged online, indicating that flights will operate on the following schedule:
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has contacted AA to confirm this schedule.
American Airlines had originally filed a request to the DoT back in March 2016 to launch the route on December 16, 2016, however issues in getting suitable slots have delayed the launch.
The finalisation of the route follows American Airlines’ recent investment and subsequent codeshare with mainland Chinese carrier, China Southern. American currently flies to Beijing from Dallas Forth Worth and Chicago, while its Los Angeles routes go to Shanghai as well as Hong Kong, which it launched in September last year.
Back in June, American Airlines also confirmed plans to invest US$1.6 billion at LAX, which would pave the way for the carrier to receive additional gates as it grows its operation and adds destinations.