It was a day of firsts for American Airlines as the airline launched flights from Dallas to both Hong Kong and Shanghai.
The airline views the Chinese cities as important business-travel destinations in a region with fast-growing economies. It also hopes to attract Asian leisure travelers to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where they can catch flights to other cities in North and South America.
DFW will be the first U.S. airport to offer a concierge program which welcomes visitors from Hong Kong and Shanghai
Greeters who speak Mandarin will be able to answer any questions, give directions or provide arriving visitors with information about the airport.
The airline will fly both routes daily with Boeing 777 jets. American is chasing United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, both of which have more routes to Asia.
American merged with US Airways in December and formed American Airlines Group Inc.
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