|American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER.|
American Airlines will launch new international services from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Hong Kong (HKG) and to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) in the summer of 2014, the first flights between the cities.
American will operate its Boeing 777-300ER (B77W) aircraft on the Hong Kong route and a Boeing 777-200ER on the Shanghai route, both with a daily frequency.
The service will be American’s first-ever service into Hong Kong, and will connect two of the busiest and largest hubs of two of the original oneworld® alliance members American and Cathay Pacific.
Robert Hsueh, Chair, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors explained:
“American’s new flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai will begin an exciting era for DFW and are among the most significant air service development announcements in DFW Airport’s history. These direct routes connect DFW to major destinations in Asia and will play a key role in further strengthening ties between our region and Asia.”
Tom Horton, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, said:
“Today’s news underscores our commitment to strengthen American’s global network in the most important markets around the world. This is just another example of how we’re taking a fresh look at everything we do to provide what our customers value most — from new planes, products and services, to new destinations around the world. Simply put, we’re building an even stronger foundation to succeed in our pending merger with US Airways.”
The new American flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai extend the most prolific period of international air service expansion in DFW Airport history. DFW has now added 17 new international destinations to its flight portfolio over the past three years, giving the airport a total of 204 destinations, including 56 international markets and 148 domestic airports.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price mentioned:
“We’ve been working hard on building our international relationships, and our work continues to pay off for North Texas. Today’s news is great for the Metroplex and a landmark development for the state of Texas, whose residents will have direct access to Hong Kong and Shanghai for the first time in our history. The Asian market is ripe for Texas business and tourists alike.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said:
“DFW Airport, Mayor Price and I have been advocating for more direct access to the Asian market because it’s critical for businesses here and across the state. These new routes will represent more than $360 million in annual economic impact for our region and launch Dallas and Fort Worth into a new dimension of international business and cultural engagement.”
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