American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, will begin its new service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on April 26, 2010. The first return flight from
will launch April 27, 2010. American is moving the start date up for its new service by a few days from its previously scheduled May 1 launch date.
"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," said Loretta Kuss, American's director of Chicago passenger sales.
American will offer daily nonstop service to Beijing using its widebody Boeing 777 aircraft, which feature three classes of service, accommodating 14 First Class passengers, 37 Business Class passengers, and 194 Economy Class passengers.
Flights depart Chicago at 11:15 a.m. and arrive in Beijing at 1:45 p.m. the next day. Return flights leave Beijing at 3:50 p.m. and land in Chicago at 3:40 p.m. the same day.
The new Beijing flight complements American's nonstop daily service from Chicago to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, which began in April 2006.
In its Summer 2010 schedule, American and American Eagle will offer 487 daily departures to more than 100 cities from its second largest hub at O'Hare. The schedule provides easy and convenient connections, particularly from the East Coast, to both American flights to China.