American Airlines plans to shift its Beijing base of operations to the Beijing-Daxing Airport by next spring.
Starting March 27, 2021, the Dallas-based airline will shift its Dallas-Fort Worth to Beijing flights to Daxing from Beijing-Capital Airport. The move will come when services resume, which will use Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
Prior to the suspension of flights to Beijing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, American operated flights from Dallas to both Beijing-Capital and Shanghai-Pudong. Both routes were operated as part of a codeshare with China Southern, which is shifting its Beijing-base to the mega-hub. According to American, it plans to launch codeshare flights out of Daxing Airport with the Guangzhou-based airline.
As flights remain suspended, American is operating cargo-only flights to Beijing which the airline plans to operate through March 2021.
“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,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “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.”