American to begin Washington National to LAX nonstop

DCA to LAX – Relaxed Perimeter Rule

American Airlines will start two-cabin Boeing 757 service between Washington National Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles International (LAX) on June 14th.  The new flight will be the fourth from the Washington DC area with three daily flights already on the schedule from Washington Dulles (IAD).

Tickets for the new non-stop flight will go on sale starting Sunday, March 4, 2012.  The Boeing 757-200 operating the Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Los Angeles International (LAX) route will seat 22 in First Class and 166 in the main cabin.

The 757, a workhorse of American’s fleet, is currently receiving an overhaul – new seats through-out the aircraft, new sidewalls with a lighter, brighter look, and LCD monitors to improve inflight entertainment.  Finally, while American may have the bragging rights as the first carrier to install WiFi, they have a ways to go – that said, American is in the process of adding WiFi to their domestic fleet, including domestic use 757s.

New Flight Schedule

From Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington Reagan (DCA):
Flight 240 Departs: 8:00 a.m. Arrives: 4:00 p.m.
 
From Washington Reagan (DCA) to Los Angeles (LAX):
Flight 245 Departs: 5:10 p.m. Arrives: 7:40 p.m.
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New Flight took an Act of Congress

 

It indeed took an Act of Congress to make this flight a reality. Will Ris, American’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, said, “The new flight between Washington Reagan and Los Angeles is made possible because of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill that was recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.” Ris continues, “We have long wanted to offer our customers the ability to travel across the country between Los Angeles and Washington’s Reagan National Airport. Due to restrictions on flights into Reagan National it was not possible until now, and it wouldn’t have happened at all without the bipartisan support for aviation expressed by U.S. Senators John Rockefeller, (D) W.Va. and Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R) Texas; and U.S. Representatives John Mica, (R) Fla. and Nick Rahall, (D) of W.Va.”

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, even chirped in by saying, “The establishment of a direct flight to our nation’s capital makes it easier for those who want to visit the halls of Congress or visit our nation’s monuments and national treasures. Every time a new flight is added at Los Angeles International Airport, jobs are created and our economy grows and prospers.”

Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer, proclaimed American Airlines is excited to be flying between the US capital and the second largest city in the United States. Vahidi said, “This new flight is a great addition to 150 daily American and American Eagle departures to 42 destinations from Los Angeles, and means Californians have multiple ways to get to the East Coast from here.”

Welcome to Los Angeles (LAX)

 

American Airlines operates a hub at Los Angeles International Airport in Terminal 4.  Between American and American Eagle, this results in near 150 daily flights.  The flight arrives in the evening, in-time for passengers to make connections to some of the prized routes operated by oneworld partners including Sydney (SYD), Brisbane (BNE), and Melbourne (MEL) non-stop on Qantas — or connect onward with Japan Airlines (JAL).

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