November 22, 2000 Chicago Tribune


Tribune Staff
Wire Reports
November 22, 2000

WASHINGTON -- United Airlines received clearance for two additional flights to China under a U.S. Department of Transportation decision Tuesday.

In addition, United Parcel Service won the right to begin new service to China, with six weekly round trips.

Elk Grove Township-based UAL Corp.'s United was allowed an additional two trips per week between San Francisco and Shanghai, giving it daily nonstop service. Northwest Airlines Corp. and Federal Express each received one extra round trip per week.

In negotiations last year, China agreed that 10 additional weekly flights by U.S. carriers could begin April 2001, including one new carrier.

The route awards are subject to a public comment period before becoming final, the government said.

AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were not designated as the fourth carrier, but may still get a chance to fly to China. American had sought permission for daily Chicago-to-Shanghai service.

United is scheduled to offer daily nonstop service between the two cities in April. American, Delta and UPS had each requested all 10 of the new weekly flights. Polar Air Cargo had sought six trips.

Atlanta-based UPS, which currently serves China through Hong Kong, said it planned to originate four of its new weekly flights from Ontario, Calif., and two from Newark, N.J.

Northwest would be able to add one flight a week to its current passenger service from Detroit, or expand its all-cargo service from Chicago and Anchorage or begin passenger service from Honolulu.