I was transiting in Tokyo earlier today, and was curious about what hubs American Airlines flies to from Narita—that’s when I stumbled upon American’s “Non-Stop to Tokyo” web page, which hinted that they are launching the anticipated Los Angeles-Hong Kong route!
American Airlines has not made an official announcement yet, so this is either a dummy placeholder date (unlikely), or someone uploaded/updated the page prematurely. Either way, it’s exciting that American is finally adding a direct flight to Hong Kong from the West coast.
Cathay Pacific currently operates 4 daily flights from Los Angeles to Hong Kong (except Tuesdays, where they only operate 3 flights). While they codeshare with American, the only American gateway to Hong Kong so far has been Dallas.
American will be operating their flagship 777-300ER on this route, which isn’t surprisingly, since it is likely what they need to compete with Cathay Pacific’s fantastic first class and reverse herringbone business class products.
Hopefully, this presents exciting opportunities on the award-redemption front as well, since American has become more generous with releasing award space on their own flights lately. For example, Dallas-Hong Kong—the longest flight in the American network and notoriously difficult to upgrade on—has at least one business class space on most days in August.