American Airlines today launched direct flights between Hong Kong and Los Angeles (LAX) Terminal 4.
The new route is American’s second from Hong Kong to the United States and joins the daily Dallas /Fort Worth service. It is also American’s 14th Asia Pacific service.
The plan is for this to become an immediate codeshare with Cathay Pacific’s own LAX flight.
The new service offers connections to more than 220 daily flights reaching over 70 destinations from Los Angeles Terminal 4.
American Airlines is promising easy connections using the “Terminal 4 Connector”, which allows passengers to go between Terminal 4 and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) without having to recheck their luggage.
For passengers arriving this means luggage is bag tagged for the final destination but has to be collected and then “redropped”. In the other direction it is simply redropped.
Lounge options range from the Admirals Lounge and Flagship lounges in Terminal 4 to the Oneworld lounges and, depending on tier level in Oneworld, departing gates and personal preferences, the Cathay and Qantas lounges in TBIT.
Flight times are:
Depart HKG at 0820. Arrive at LAX at 1840 (same day).
Depart LAX 0155. Arrive in Hong Kong at 0810 (next day).
Thomas Scruby, commercial director, Hong Kong, Southern China and Southeast Asia was quoted that the flight would attract both the local market but also act as a gateway to mainland China and Southeast Asia.
Improved aircraft utilisation has meant the new service is possible with the addition of just one extra B777-300ER serving the Hong Kong market. Previously the Hong Kong to Dallas flight meant the aircraft waited in Hong Kong for many hours – by offering a second US service, utilisation has been improved.
American is offering very competitive pricing on the route, and with the new flight now feels it offers West Coast and East Coast flights to the U.S, along with the “centre” with Dallas Fort Worth, along with a myriad of connections across the American network.