FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Non-stop to Beijing is the next stop for North Texas based American Airlines. The new flight from DFW Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport would start next summer, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and would be the first non-stop flight connecting the two cities. It is the sixth flight to Asia from DFW.

“By adding this new Beijing service, American will achieve a significant milestone in the development of its Asian network by offering nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth to five key markets in Asia – Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo,” said Andrew Nocella, chief marketing officer – American Airlines. “The pending addition of Beijing and recent additions of Shanghai and Hong Kong elevate Dallas/Fort Worth to one of the primary connecting hubs between Asia and destinations within the U.S. as well as Mexico, Central and South America.”

American currently operates non-stop service from Chicago to Beijing. This newest flight will be American’s 11th route connecting the U.S. and Asia. The flight will be operated on a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, equipped with fully lie-flat Business Class seats, in-seat entertainment, and international Wi-Fi capability.

Mayors from both Dallas and Fort Worth applauded the new service and spelled out what it will mean to North Texans.

“The trans-Pacific market is critical for business across the state of Texas and this new service is a direct conduit to open new opportunities for trade and tourism in our region,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “This new route represents a huge opportunity for significant economic impact for our region by connecting DFW directly to Beijing.”

“Today’s news is great for Dallas/Fort Worth area residents who will have direct access to China’s capital city for the first time,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “This new route will connect our great Metroplex to a very important destination in Asia and will play a key role in further strengthening ties between our region and Asia.”

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