American Airlines is moving the start date up for its new service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport by a few days from its previously scheduled May 1, 2010 launch date.
Oneworld-alliance founding member American Airlines will begin its new service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on April 26, 2010. Its first flight from Beijing to Chicago will operate on April 27, 2010.
“We decided to reschedule our inaugural flights so visitors who want to attend China’s International Labor Day activities on May 1 can do so by flying to Beijing on American Airlines,” says Loretta Kuss, American’s director – Chicago passenger sales. “We believe this slight change in our schedule will provide greater customer benefits and we are happy to make the change.”
The decision comes on the heels of US Airways’ decision to return the route authority it was granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation for Philadelphia-Beijing service.
American will offer daily nonstop service to Beijing using its Boeing 777-200ERs, which feature three classes of service, accommodating 14 First Class passengers, 37 Business Class passengers, and 194 Economy Class passengers.
The schedule for American’s new service between Chicago and Beijing is timed for flight AA 187 to depart ORD at 11:15 a.m.and arrive at PEK at 1:45 p.m. the next day (all times local). From PEK, the return flight AA 186 is timed to depart at 3:50 p.m. and arrive at ORD at 3:40 p.m. the same day, local time.
The new Beijing flight complements American’s nonstop daily service from Chicago to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, which began in April 2006. From May 1 to October 31, 2010, many travelers to China are expected to attend the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
In its summer 2010 schedule, American and American Eagle will offer 487 daily departures to more than 100 cities from American’s second-largest hub at O’Hare. The schedule is intended to provide convenient connections, particularly from the East Coast, to both American flights to China.