American Launches Shanghai, Hong Kong from DFW

American Airlines Boeing 777 at Shanghai Pudong Airport

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) Intl Airport

Today is an exciting milestone for American Airlines and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with the launch of daily non-stop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) as well as Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). The new flights open the door to Asia for businesses and consumers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Many American Airlines consumers will benefit with one-stop access to these key Asian markets via American’s Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) hub.

The non-stop to Hong Kong, “Asia’s World City”, is not only a vital economic link between the two cities, but it’s a link to Hong Kong and beyond for travelers with easy connections to oneworld partner Cathay Pacific (CX) via their Hong Kong (HKG) base.

Additionally, travelers originating in either Shanghai (PVG) or Hong Hong (HKG) will have one stop access to nearly 200 destinations via American’s hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, said, “American is proud to offer the first service between Texas and these important international business hubs. These new routes enhance our expanding global network and further establish American’s position as the preferred carrier for one-stop connections between Asia and major business and leisure destinations in North, Central and South America.”

Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, said “These new routes represent a tremendous opportunity for significant economic impact for our region.” Mayor Rawlings continued, “DFW Airport, Mayor Price (Fort Worth) and I have been advocating for more direct access to Asia, knowing the trans-Pacific market is critical for business across the state. Nonstop service has the potential to launch Dallas and Fort Worth into a new dimension of international business and cultural engagement.”

Excited by the milestone these new routes bring to the airport, Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport, proclaims, “These direct routes connect two of the world’s most significant economic centers to DFW and will open new avenues of trade and tourism for our region. Additionally, we expect our Asian visitors to quickly discover that DFW Airport is the preferred point of entry for visitors into the United States and Latin America.”

Hong Kong: Boeing 777-300ER Powered

American is pulling out its flagship aircraft for the flagship route to Hong Kong. The Boeing 777-300ER will operate the new Dallas Fort/Worth (DFW) to Hong Kong (HKG) flight with three classes of service. The aircraft features creature comforts including lay-flat seats in First and Business. All passengers will have access to WiFi internet, power ports, and audio/video on demand at each seat.

Aside from carrying people, cargo is also a lucrative business for American Airlines. In fact, cargo demand on the Hong Kong route is significant. The Boeing 777-300ER American is flying will cater to the cargo demand, as the aircraft has more cargo capacity than any other airliner in the American Airlines fleet.

The Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Shanghai Pudong (PVG) flight is operated by the slightly smaller Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, which is pictured above at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). American is preparing refit the Boeing 777-200ER fleet, including fully lay-flat seats in Business Class. Satellite driven WiFi Internet will also make a debut along with latest in audio/video on demand at each seat.

Hong Kong Intl Airport

Cathay Pacific Aircraft at Hong Kong Intl Airport

Dallas Fort/Worth – Hong Kong Flight Schedule

  • AA 137
  • Departs Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) at 12:45 pm
  • Arrives Hong Kong (HKG) at 6:05 pm the next day
  • AA 138
  • Departs Hong Kong (HKG) at 1:30 pm
  • Arrives Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) at 4:30 pm

Dallas/Fort Worth – Shanghai Flight Schedule

  • AA 127
  • Departs Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) at 10:55 am
  • Arrives at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) at 2:55 pm the next day
  • AA 128
  • Departs Shanghai Pudong (PVG) at 4:50 pm
  • Arrives at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) at 6:10 pm

oneworld codeshare updates

Aside from direct access to oneworld partner Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, the new routes are part of American’s joint venture with Japan Airlines. The oneworld alliance provides consumers with access to most destinations, big and small, across Asia.

The flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) will compliment American’s existing flights to Shanghai from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

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