• American to begin Los Angeles to Shanghai service


    China is an up-and-coming vacation destination, and travelers will have more opportunities to visit the country thanks to a new route announced by American Airlines.

    The company recently won approval from the Department of Transportation to begin service on a Los Angeles to Shanghai route, which is expected to begin in the first half of 2011. The DOT approved the route in a quick six days, which is a bit rare as rival airlines usually file grievances to block competitors from expanding their service.

    Under the terms of the approval, American must begin the route within ten days of April 5th, their proposed start date.

    In a statement, the company said "we are very pleased that the United States Department of Transportation has granted us the authority and frequencies needed to begin new service between Los Angeles and Shanghai, the largest market for travel between the United States and China that is not presently served by a U.S. airline."

    Those located on the West Coast now have another option for Asian travel, as many airlines have cancelled or cut their service to China in recent months.

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