American Airlines plans to add nonstop flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2014.
The airline said that flights will connect the biggest of North America's airports to the Asian cities, where Hong Kong is a new destination. American currently flies to Shanghai from Chicago and Los Angeles, but hopes the new route addition will help the carrier expand its global customer base.
The new routes will be flown by the Boeing 777 fleet, and are expected to begin in summer next year. In addition, as older 777 planes are upgraded, three daily flights will be offered between JFK and London Heathrow next year to give the airline time to complete the updates, which it says are necessary to complete in today's market.
American is on track to merge with US Airways Group to avoid bankruptcy. Originally announced in February, to go ahead, the companies need approval from the judge overseeing American's bankruptcy case as well as acceptance by U.S. Airways shareholders. However, such a move will make the carrier the largest in the world -- a possibility that worries the U.S. Justice Department (DoJ). The agency has filed a lawsuit against American, claiming that the merger would be anticompetitive and lead to higher ticket prices.
A study conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office claims that the merger could result in reduced competition on over 1,600 routes that are traveled by 53 million passengers annually.
A federal trial is due to begin 25 November this year.
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