China Eastern Airlines has applied for permission to launch direct flights between Shanghai and Chicago.
In a statement on the website of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the aviation authority revealed that China Eastern is planning to launch daily flights connecting Shanghai’s Pudong International with Chicago O’Hare in October 2015.
The airline will serve the route with its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which offers 316 seats in a three-class layout, including six first class suites, 52 flat-bed seats in business class and 258 seats in economy.
If approved, Chicago will become the China Eastern’s seventh destination in North America, following Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Toronto and Vancouver.
Currently China Eastern has four daily flights from Singapore to Shanghai. The departure times are 055 AM, 1010 AM, 1635 PM and 2325PM.