American Airlines to suspend Chicago-Shanghai service, reduce Chicago-Tokyo frequency

    American Airlines announced (21-Aug-2018) plans to suspend Chicago O’Hare-Shanghai Pudong service on 27-Oct-2018 “given the current fuel and competitive environment”. The carrier is also seeking a dormancy waiver from the US DOT for the route authority. American will also reduce Chicago O’Hare-Tokyo Narita frequency from daily to three times weekly from 18-Dec-2018. American and Japan Airlines will continue to provide 10 times weekly nonstop service on the route. American Airlines VP network and schedule planning Vasu Raja stated: “We remain strongly committed to Asia and will continue to serve the region through our hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles… Our Chicago-Shanghai service is unprofitable and simply not sustainable in this high fuel cost environment and when we have opportunities to be successful in other markets”. Mr Raja added: “These adjustments to our Asia service are necessary in this high fuel cost environment, but we remain committed to the network we’ve worked hard to build… As with Shanghai, American will continue to serve Tokyo through our hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles”. [more – original PR]