American Airlines Announces Its Switch To Beijing Daxing Airport

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Update 12 October 2020: The new schedule has been published

Before the current travel crisis, all American Airlines services between the US and Beijing used Bejing Capital Airport (PEK). All of American’s passenger services to China are currently suspended but the airline has just announced that when it resumes operations between Dallas Fort Worth and Beijing, its aircraft will be landing and taking off from the Chinese Capital’s newest airport – Daxing International Airport (PKX).

American Airlines says that it plans to restart flights between Dallas and Beijing on 27 March 2021 (the start of the northern hemisphere summer season) and although, at the time of writing, the schedules still show the airline operating to/from Beijing Capital Airport (PEK)…

a screenshot of a phone

…when the time comes for the flights to resume they’ll be landing at the world’s largest airport.

The new flights will be on sale from Monday (12 October) and the proposed schedule looks like this:

AA263 DFW 10:55 – 14:10+1 day PKX (Daily)
AA262 PKX 16:10 – 16:55 DFW (Daily)

As has been the case in the past, American’s route between Dallas and Beijing will continue to be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer, had this to say about the move:

“Moving to Daxing International Airport in Beijing when flights return in March is going to offer our customers access to a state-of-the-art airport, with ease of connections as we plan to codeshare with our strategic partner, China Southern. While there is so much uncertainty in travel right now, we want to be well positioned to serve our customers, shareholders and team members with the best service, convenience and products all over the world when they’re ready. Daxing is very much a part of that bright future.”

American Airlines has also said that it believes that its relocation to Daxing will offer “tremendous benefits for customers” but it has stopped short of listing what all these benefits may be. There are no oneworld lounges currently operating at Daxing but China Southern (an American Airlines partner) offers the No. 1 Sky Pearl Lounge for its international customers so, presumably, this will be the lounge to which American’s flyers will be directed – at almost 20,000 square feet in size, it should be big enough!

Link to more information about Daxing International Airport

Bottom Line

American Airlines will restart flights between Dallas Fort Worth and Beijing on 27 March 2021 and its service will now operate to/from Beijing’s Daxing International Airport. Bookings for the route have been open since Monday 12 October.

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