American Airlines to start Seattle – Shanghai Pudong
American Airlines is to begin Seattle – Shanghai Pudong, subject to government approval.
Shanghai is the largest Chinese market from the Washington state airport.
Over 261,000 seats were available between the two airports last year, OAG Schedules Analyser shows, up a strong 16% YOY.
Comes from American Airlines ending or not starting 19 long-haul routes
Seattle – Shanghai comes as American Airlines reveals that 19 long-haul routes will cease or not begin from its Charlotte, Chicago ORD, Dallas DFW, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia hubs. These include Los Angeles – Shanghai Pudong.
The plan is to serve Shanghai Pudong from Seattle instead, with Alaska Airlines providing strong feed over Seattle.
Shanghai will join American’s two other new routes from the Washington airport, Bangalore and London Heathrow, with the launch of both happening next year.
Seattle – Shanghai had 43% of Seattle – China capacity
Seattle – China seat capacity totalled 608,000 last year, down 1.6% YOY. This volume was across routes to Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, with the decline mainly from Xiamen Airlines ending its Shenzhen service last September.
Shanghai had a 43% share of this 608,000.
Delta had a 51% share of Seattle – China seats last year, up from 47% YOY.
American would be the third airline on airport-pair
American Airlines would compete directly with both Delta and Hainan Airlines. Delta began Seattle – Shanghai Pudong in 2013, while Hainan started it in 2015.
Later this year, depending on coronavirus, Delta will offer a daily service alongside Hainan’s three-weekly operation.