Corporate Press Release
American Airlines Receives Overwhelming Support To Begin Dallas/Fort
Worth To Beijing, China, Service In March 2007
Airline Obtains Broad Bipartisan Backing for New China Gateway That Best Serves Passengers and
Cargo Shippers from 32 States
FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, today announced that it has received
strong support for its application filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate daily
nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Beijing, China, starting March 25,
American’s proposal has the endorsement of 28 U.S. senators, 68 members of the U.S. House of
Representatives, 9 governors, more than 100 mayors and other elected officials, scores of aviation and
transportation directors, universities, and more than 400 companies. To date, more than 82,000 individuals
have also submitted letters on behalf of American via its www.FlytoChinaonAA.com Web site.
“We are grateful that so many government officials, business leaders and the traveling public support our
application because they believe that American Airlines will provide the greatest benefits to the most U.S.
passengers and shippers,” said Will Ris, American’s Senior Vice President - Government Affairs. “This new
route will deepen the important cultural and economic ties between China and North Texas while providing
convenient on-line connections for 95 airports in 32 states and the District of Columbia – approximately 80
percent of the total U.S. population.”
Twenty-eight U.S. senators have sent letters of support to DOT for American’s proposal, including
Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.); Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee
Chairman Kit Bond (R-Mo.); Foreign
Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar (R-Ind.); Banking Committee Chairman Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.);
Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa); Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking member Herb Kohl
(D-Wis.); and six members of the Senate Commerce Committee. The geographical breadth of American’s
support is demonstrated by the fact that senators representing states stretching from North Carolina and
Florida in the East to Colorado and New Mexico in the West have weighed in support of American’s bid.
“A new flight from DFW to Beijing would be a gateway to the East, and will stimulate job growth, promote new
and existing businesses, and increase U.S.-China cultural ties and tourism opportunities to the South,” said
Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn in a letter to DOT Acting Secretary Maria Cino.
Key leaders in the U.S. House also support American’s bid, including House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.);
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas); House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee Vice Chair Tom Petri (R-Wis.); and House Aviation Subcommittee Ranking member
Jerry Costello (D-Ill.)
Similarly, House Aviation Subcommittee members Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Kenny Marchant
(R-Texas), along with 16 other members of the Texas Congressional delegation, weighed in with DOT on
American’s behalf, suggesting, “American’s new service will provide the only nonstop link to China from a
gateway in the southwestern United States, bringing important competition to existing U.S. carrier gateways to
China, which are currently restricted to Newark, Chicago, and San Francisco. As a result, consumers from
throughout the South and Southwest will greatly benefit from this new connecting gateway to China and the
increased flight options and airline competition it will generate.”
Governors Rick Perry of Texas; Jeb Bush of Florida; Mike Huckabee of Arkansas; Haley Barbour of
Mississippi; Bill Richardson of New Mexico; Brad Henry of Oklahoma; Matt Blunt of Missouri; Kathleen Blanco
of Louisiana; and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas also have sent letters to DOT in support of American’s bid for
the new DFW-Beijing service.
More than 400 corporations and institutions from 32 states and the District of Columbia are endorsing
American’s proposed service. A full list of companies can be found on www.FlytoChinaonAA.com.
"It is essential that we and our potential Asian business partners have ready access to each others’ industries
and markets. A south-central U.S. gateway would redress unequal regional access to this important trade
center and provide an economic stimulus to the many communities that are linked to DFW by American and
American Eagle Airlines,” said Gov. Barbour.
In a letter to DOT, the Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors, Tom Cochran indicated
his support for the position taken by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief to back
American’s bid. Dozens of chambers of commerce and other organizations, such as the Business Travel
Coalition and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, sent letters in favor of a new DFW-Beijing
flight. American also has received letters of support from 22 institutions of higher learning, including Southern
Methodist University Cox School of Business, the University of Tennessee, the University of Oklahoma, the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Duke University, and Texas A & M University.
DFW Airport will become the first gateway to China from the southern United States and will provide one-stop
service to China from more than 90 domestic cities. The DFW-Beijing service will generate $180 million in
annual economic benefit to the state of Texas. American plans to serve the route with its 245-seat Boeing 777
aircraft in three-class configuration.
American has projected that it will carry more than 144,000 passengers in its first year of DFW-Beijing
operations, with an average load factor of 80 percent.
Beijing will be the 34th international destination served by American from its Dallas/ Fort Worth hub. From
DFW, American and American Eagle operate approximately 800 daily departures to 159 destinations. Among
American’s nonstop international destinations from DFW are cities in Argentina, The Bahamas, Belize, Brazil,
Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Guatemala, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, the United
Kingdom, and Venezuela.
American , a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, currently serves China with a very successful
– and highly competitive – daily nonstop flight between Chicago O’Hare and Shanghai. From Shanghai,
American’s customers can also access other areas of China through a codeshare relationship with China
Eastern Airlines, one of China’s leading carriers. The introduction of nonstop service to Beijing from DFW will
provide passengers with opportunities to connect to 24 points in China’s interior region served by China
Eastern from Beijing.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection®
airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet
numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy
access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a
founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the
airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide
on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories.
American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation.
AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered
trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)