American Airlines Group will drop a second major U.S.-China route after the flights proved to be “colossal loss makers,” as the carrier shuffles international routes to cope with higher fuel prices.
Direct service between Chicago and Shanghai will end in October, American said Tuesday in a statement. The company had already planned to halt flights the same month between the U.S. city and Beijing. American will retain routes connecting the Chinese destinations with Dallas and Los Angeles.
“The two China routes — and, to a lesser degree, Tokyo — have been colossal loss makers for us,” Vasu Raja, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning, told employees in a recorded interview. The airline “remains committed to Asia in the long run.”
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