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American applies for new Los Angeles-Beijing route

American Airlines inaugural flight to Beijing from DFW Airport departed in May, 2015. The airline announced plans to operate Los Angeles-Beijing starting in December if it receives government approval.
American Airlines inaugural flight to Beijing from DFW Airport departed in May, 2015. The airline announced plans to operate Los Angeles-Beijing starting in December if it receives government approval. Brandon Wade

American Airlines continues it expansion plans at Los Angeles International Airport, announcing Monday that it has applied to operate daily service to Beijing.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it submitted its application for the route to U.S. officials and if the route is approved, it expects to start service on December 16.

“This new route would solidify Los Angeles as American’s West Coast gateway to Asia and it would be our only Beijing access from the western United States, creating new connections to one of Asia’s major business and leisure destinations,” said American chief marketing officer Andrew Nocella in a statement.

American currently operates daily flights to Beijing from its hubs in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Earlier this month, American announced plans to initiate service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong in September. It also plans to add flights between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand in June.

The company also expects to complete two new gates at Los Angeles airport to support up to twenty new daily domestic flights that American plans to start in June.

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