DOT proposes new LAX-Beijing flight for American Airlines

Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed to select American Airlines for new daily scheduled nonstop service between Los Angeles and Beijing, China, DOT said.

DOT said American and Delta applied for authority to operate daily round-trip nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Beijing; adding American would add a third US carrier to the West Coast-Beijing market, increasing competition.

The US-China aviation agreement caps the number of weekly flights each country´s airlines can operate to Chinese cities. Four US airlines–American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United–provide services. Because there are so few trips remaining, DOT could not split them between American and Delta.