DFW International Airport Celebrates Launch of American Airlines Service to
Hong Kong and Shanghai
New era of global opportunity arrives with new flights from DFW
DFW AIRPORT, Texas, June 11, 2014
DFW AIRPORT, Texas, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dallas/Fort Worth
(DFW) International Airport today held celebrations in honor of the first
American Airlines flights connecting DFW with Hong Kong and with Shanghai,
China, which departed today to open a new era of travel between North Texas
and two of the world's leading population centers. The departures were
celebrated with Asian cultural displays, music and cuisine inside DFW's
International Terminal D. American is serving the DFW to Hong Kong
International Airport (HKG) route with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and the DFW
to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) route using Boeing 777-200
"Today marks one of the biggest milestones in the 40-year history of DFW
Airport and our region, as we begin a new era of service connecting
Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong and Shanghai," said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW
International Airport. "These direct routes connect two of the world's most
significant economic centers to DFW and will open new avenues of trade and
tourism for our region. Additionally, we expect our Asian visitors to quickly
discover that DFW Airport is the preferred point of entry for visitors into
the United States and Latin America."
The American Airlines flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai extend the most
prolific period of international air service expansion in DFW Airport
history. DFW has welcomed the addition of 19 new international destinations
over the past three and a half years, giving the Airport a total of 204
destinations, including 56 international markets and 147 domestic airports.
"Increasing international service from Dallas/Fort Worth with new nonstop
flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai is great news for the people of North Texas
and everyone who connects through this world-class gateway at DFW
International Airport," said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines. "American
is proud to offer the first service between Texas and these important
international business hubs. These new routes enhance our expanding global
network and further establish American's position as the preferred carrier for
one-stop connections between Asia and major business and leisure destinations
in North, Central and South America."
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the home airport for the fastest
growing metropolitan region in the United States, anchored by the cities of
Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, the 9^th and 16^th largest cities in the United
States. Both Mayors serve on the Dallas/Fort Worth Board of Directors.
"These new flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai signal the start of many new
opportunities to connect our region and our cities to the expanding global
economy," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "There are few places on earth
that offer more opportunities for economic partnership than Hong Kong and
Shanghai, and we want to extend a hearty Texas welcome to all of the visitors
we will see arriving at DFW Airport from those cities."
"I want to commend our great partners at American Airlines for launching this
route, and we pledge to do everything we can to support the success of these
vital connections," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "We're confident that
with our business friendly economic climate in Texas and our rich western
history, there will be a lot for us to offer to our visitors from Shanghai and
DFW Airport will welcome new visitors from Hong Kong and Shanghai in a number
of ways, starting with a first-of-its-kind Concierge program, where greeters
who speak Mandarin will be available to answer any questions, give directions
or provide arriving visitors with information about the Airport. DFW is the
first U.S. airport to offer such a program, and greeters will be available for
the arrivals from Hong Kong and Shanghai.
DFW is one of only seven airports worldwide with airline 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.
Upon arrival at DFW Airport, customers will find an efficient and friendly
process for Customs inside DFW's Terminal D, with wait times now among the
shortest in the United States. Once through Customs, visitors will be able to
easily recheck their baggage for connecting flights, or immediately locate
ground transportation options right outside the arrivals hall including taxis,
shuttles, shared ride and car services.
In its 40-year history, DFW Airport has grown into one of the world's
preeminent global hubs, now serving over 60 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, eateries and entertainment
choices for customers have kept DFW as a top choice for both business and
American Airlines service between DFW and Hong Kong service represents the
carrier's only service into Hong Kong, and will connect two of the busiest
hubs in the oneworld^® alliance.
American Airlines service between DFW and Shanghai will connect the world's
most populous city with the fastest growing metropolitan region in the United
States, as well as two longtime partner airports. DFW International Airport
and the Shanghai Airport Authority signed an airport alliance in 2008, which
has led to exchanges of information and best practices as well as training
exchanges for the airports' respective aircraft rescue firefighting teams.
About DFW International Airport
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014, Dallas/Fort Worth International
Airport is the world's third busiest, hosting 1,850 flights a day and serving
60 million customers a year. Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and
Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport provides nonstop service to 147 domestic and 56
international destinations. For seven consecutive years, DFW has ranked among
the top ten large airports worldwide for customer service in surveys conducted
by Airports Council International. For the latest news, real-time flight
information, parking availability or further details regarding the many
services provided at DFW International Airport, visit www.dfwairport.com or
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