Monday, December 11, 2006
On December 8th, American Airlines filed to amend its China route case application due to duty time restrictions in the company's collective bargaining agreement with its pilots. Instead of flying DFW-Beijing nonstop both westbound and eastbound, American would like the option of flying on a DFW-Chicago-Beijing routing westbound and Beijing-DFW eastbound. Northwest Airlines immediately opposed this unusual filing and argued that allowing American to amend its application would violate the DOT's procedures that it set forth for the route case. In a notice on December 11th, the DOT stated that it would make a decision on this issue using a very expedited timetable (answers and replies are due within the week).