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American Airlines to launch Los Angeles-Hong Kong route in September

The Boeing 777-300 bound for Hong Kong rotates and takes off as American Airlines inaugurates new direct service to Hong Kong from DFW International Airport, June 11, 2014. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
The Boeing 777-300 bound for Hong Kong rotates and takes off as American Airlines inaugurates new direct service to Hong Kong from DFW International Airport, June 11, 2014. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT) MCT

American Airlines will launch new service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong in September.

The new route was accidentally unveiled late Monday night on the Fort Worth-based carrier’s website and was noticed by members of the FlyerTalk forum who snapped a screenshot of the news.

The airline confirmed the new route on Tuesday morning and plans to use its three-class Boeing 777-300ER on the route starting on September 7.

“LAX-HKG is some great news we had to share a little bit early,” said American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton. “We’ll have more details later with a formal announcement.”

American has bolstered its presence at Los Angeles, adding several new international and domestic routes. In December, it launched service to Sydney and plans to add flights to Auckland in June.

The carrier first started flying to Hong Kong in June 2014 with daily flights between the Asian city and its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

UPDATE

The formal announcement came on Monday afternoon. American said the new route is pending government approval.

The carrier plans to depart Los Angeles at 1:55 a.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 8:10 a..m. the next day. The return flight leaves Hong Kong at 8:20 p.m. and arrives at Los Angeles at 6:40 p.m.

“We announced new domestic Los Angeles routes at the end of January, and customers let us know they wanted more great service to even more destinations,” said American chief marketing officer Andrew Nocella said in a statement. “This route connects customers in Los Angeles with one of the world’s most important business markets and provides convenient connections to important business and leisure destinations across the Pacific.”

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