American Airlines delays Chicago-Beijing route

April 27th, 2010 - 1:06 am ICT by BNO News  

CHICAGO (BNO NEWS) — American Airlines on Monday decided to delay the launch of its new, daily, nonstop service between Chicago and Beijing, saying it was unable to secure commercially viable landing and take-off spots.

American Airlines flight 187 to Beijing Capital International Airport was scheduled to take off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 11.15 a.m. local time on Monday. But, the airline said, it was not able to secure commercially viable landing and take-off slots.

“American has not received commercially-viable landing and take-off slots for Beijing Capital International Airport from Chinese aviation authorities,” the airline said in a statement. “In line with established International Air Transport Association (IATA) and industry guidelines and procedures which give preferential treatment to new-entrant carriers to a market, American applied for commercially reasonable – and industry accepted – slots at Beijing in October 2009.”

The airline said its planned flights were sold with the ‘reasonable expectation’ that, in common with industry practice, viable slots would be confirmed in time for the scheduled start date of the new service, which had been approved by the governments of both the United States and China. “Until American receives viable operating slots, we will not be able to fly between Chicago and Beijing and thus cannot deliver air transportation services to the American and Chinese people. We are proactively delaying the start of our flight from Chicago to Beijing until May 4, 2010, and we are hopeful that the slot issue can be resolved by that time.”

American Airlines said it is rebooking customers on other flights to get them to their destination. Customers can also get full refunds or the opportunity to travel on American Airlines at a later date.

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