This was a big week at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, on Wednesday American launched direct flights between DFW and two destinations in China: Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The new service to Hong Kong is especially exciting because it represents an entirely new destination for American!
The new DFW/Hong Kong route will boast the longest AA flight in their network: the westbound flight is 16 hours and 50 minutes.
Here’s a look at the schedule:
DFW to Shanghai
AA127 DFW 10:55 – 14:55 +1 Day PVG 777 Daily
AA128 PVG 16:50 – 18:10 DFW 777 Daily
DFW to Hong Kong
AA137 DFW 12:45 – 18:05 +1 Day HKG 77W Daily
AA138 HKG 13:30 – 16:30 DFW 77W Daily
To celebrate the occasion, American hosted a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Dallas-Hong Kong flight.
The @AmericanAir team invited me out for the festivities. Here are some party pics.
The press conference was held at Terminal D Gate 25
The scrum getting ready for the event.
Some entertainment at the gate.
Anna, a volunteer with the American Airlines Asian & Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group, demonstrated her calligraphy skills by creating name cards for passengers and guests.
Fortune cookies for everyone!
AAdvantage Executive Platinum member David W., who added another inaugural flight certificate to his collection, has plenty more AA flights in his future.
Some pre-flight refreshments for passengers, guests, airport visitors, and employees. Pineapple buns and shrimp dumplings for everyone!
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker welcomes passengers, guests, and visitors to the event.
A few words from Consul General Li Qiangmin from the Chinese Consulate in Houston.
Ft. Worth Mayor Betsy Price was excited about the new service. She spoke about how important it was to the North Texas business community to have a direct connection to China, and to illustrate her point she mentioned that Ft. Worth based Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith was traveling on the inaugural Hong Kong flight.
And now the ribbon cutting!
Doug Parker taking questions from Dallas Morning News aviation reporter Terry Maxon.
It’s time to board the flight!
Thanks to @AmericanAir for the takeoff video and for inviting me!