China Eastern Airlines seeks to fly between Los Angeles and Nanjing, China, according to a recent government filing.
If approved, as I presume it will be, China Eastern will fly the route with an Airbus A330 aircraft. Technically, the route starts in Chengdu and makes a stop in Nanjing before continuing onto Los Angeles. No airline flies between Nanjing and the United States.
We're slowly starting to see airlines expand beyond just flying from Shanghai and Beijing to the United States, and I think Los Angeles International Airport is well positioned to receive a lot of these flights. What Chinese city do you think will be next?
And do you think a U.S. carrier might try a new Chinese route? So far, United is the only U.S. airline serve a city other than Beijing or Shanghai. It flies from San Francisco to Chengdu.
Here's China Eastern's filing.