Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport held a celebration in honor of the first American Airlines flight from DFW to Beijing, China, which departed today to open a new connection between North Texas and one of the world’s leading economic centers. The departure was celebrated with Asian cultural displays, music and cuisine inside DFW’s International Terminal D, along with a DFW “shower of affection” water cannon salute for the departing aircraft. American is serving the route daily with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft to start, and will switch to a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in June.
“This new flight to Beijing is a milestone achievement for our Airport and for our region as we gain nonstop connectivity to one of the world’s leading business centers and the capital of China,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport. “We want to thank our partners at American Airlines for extending their service from DFW to key points in Asia such as Beijing. Our mission to connect the world to Dallas/Fort Worth will get a great boost from this new traffic from Beijing, and will open new avenues of trade and tourism for our region.”
“The launch of today’s flight is a significant milestone for American as we continue to grow our presence in the important Asia-Pacificregion,” said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines. “With this new service to Beijing, American now offers nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth to five key business markets in Asia – Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. This new destination further enhances our network footprint and allows for one-stop connections through DFW between Asia and major business and leisure destinations in North, Central and South America.”
The Beijing service will add to DFW Airport’s stature as the prime connecting point for travelers moving between Asia and Latin America. The new route will also connect one of the world’s most populous metropolitan regions with one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the United States. Beijing serves not only as China’s governmental capital, but also as the center of China’sbusiness, financial, industrial and cultural activities, and a primary destination for tourists.
“Today marks the beginning of a new phase in our growing business relationship with the trans-Pacific market,” said Dallas MayorMike Rawlings. “It’s a critical connection that will open new doors for trade and tourism in our region. The direct DFW-Beijing connection will continue to elevate our region as an international business epicenter.”
“This is an exciting day for Dallas/Fort Worth area residents who will have direct access to China’s capital city for the first time,” saidFort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “This new route will connect our great Metroplex to a very important destination in Asia and will play a key role in further strengthening ties between our region and Asia. We are proud to have American Airlines as a Fort Worth company and are confident that this flight and upcoming flights will not only increase DFW Airport’s profile, but the region’s profile as an international destination.”
American’s new service from DFW to Beijing comes less than a year after the Fort Worth-based carrier began flying from DFW toHong Kong and to Shanghai. The Beijing route extends the most prolific period of international air service expansion in DFW Airporthistory, which has seen DFW add 21 new international destinations and 29 new international routes over the past four and a half years. DFW now hosts flights to a total of 204 destinations, including 55 international markets and 149 domestic airports.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the home airport for one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the United States. Beijing Capital International Airport is the world’s second busiest airport in the world for passenger traffic, while DFW Airport ranks ninth. The two airports last year forged a partnership agreement for the exchange of best practices and training.
In its 41-year history, DFW Airport has grown into one of the world’s preeminent global hubs, now serving over 62 million passengers annually. Customer-centric features such as one of the world’s most robust free Wi-Fi systems, a yoga studio and newly-added lounges, restaurants and amenities for customers have kept DFW as a top choice for both business and leisure travelers.
DFW is one of only seven airports worldwide with nonstop service to over 200 destinations, offering many connection options for travelers looking to fly to points beyond DFW including Mexico, Central America and South America. The Airport’s central geographical location in the United States positions it as the premier mid-continent entry point for North America and a key global hub, allowing for more efficient travel to both U.S. and international destinations. DFW is located within a four-hour flight of every major city in the continental United States, Canada and Mexico.