American seeks Los Angeles-Shanghai links

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American Airlines has requested permission from US regulators to launch nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai's Pudong International airport in April 2011.

Currently American codeshares with China Eastern on its nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Shangahi, but earlier this year China Eastern opted to join the SkyTeam alliance in mid-2011.

American explains to regulators that other than China Eastern's flights, there are no other nonstop Los Angeles-Shanghai flights. United offers a one stop service through its San Francisco hub.

Under the US-China air transport agreement American says 28 weekly frequencies are unallocated and available to support its proposal.

"Los Angeles is the largest US-Shanghai origin and destination market with 201,899 passenger bookings for the 12 months ended August 2010," says American.

American also believes that under its proposed service 14 US cities can connect to the Los Angeles-Shanghai flights including the four other top US-Shanghai origin and destination markets of New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington.

If granted approval American plans to operate 247-seat Boeing 777s with 16 first class seats, 37 in business and 194 in economy.