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Non-stop from DC to Beijing?

Ashley Milne-Tyte Aug 16, 2006

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SCOTT JAGOW: United wants to be the first US airline to fly non-stop from Washington DC to Beijing. The airline’s filing a request with the government today, but there’s some competition. Ashley Milne-Tyte has more.


ASHLEY MILNE-TYTE: The Department of Transportation will only award one extra US-China route. There are several other applications in, with airlines hoping to add to their China services from airports such as Dallas and Newark.

Ray Neidl is an airline analyst with Calyon Securities. He says United has a strong case for winning the DC-Beijing route. For one thing, it has a hub in Washington, and the route connects two capital cities.

RAY NEIDL: “On top of that, United can make a good argument because they’ve got a very strong feed network into that hub that will supply connecting traffic to China.”

Some analysts say the route could be worth tens of millions of dollars to United, with businesspeople and government officials getting aboard.

In New York, I’m Ashley Milne-Tyte for Marketplace.

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