Tickets for the flight were supposed to be bookable as of Saturday, though best I can tell tickets only went on sale late last night/early this morning.
New routes are always interesting to me since they’re often gold mines for award and upgrade space. For example, when American announced their Dallas to Hong Kong flight a while back, there was tons of award and upgrade space.
Unfortunately in looking at availability on the new Dallas to Beijing flight, there’s plenty of saver level economy award availability in both directions through the end of the schedule, though there’s not a single saver level first or business class award seat.
Unfortunately there’s not any business class upgrade availability either.
So have they just not gotten around to loading some award/upgrade availability, or is it not happening? I’m leaning towards the latter. Nowadays American makes very little saver level award space availability on their own flight in advance, so I expect that’s what’s happening here. However, closer to departure they may release more upgrade and award space.
It is also worth noting that as of now American has scheduled a three class 777 on the route through the end of the schedule, which means that they’re not planning on putting the reconfigured 777 on the route, since business class is the highest class of service on that aircraft.
That means the 777-200 on this route will feature American’s old but comfortable first class suites.
And unfortunately American’s angled business class seats.
Regardless, it’s nice to see more direct connectivity between Dallas and Asia. I suspect upgrades will be quite easy on this route, at least at the beginning. So I wouldn’t be too worried about upgrades as an Executive Platinum member, even if you have to waitlist.
Personally I’ll continue to stick to American’s Dallas to Hong Kong flight, given that it’s operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring American’s new first and business class product, as well as wifi.