NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Los Angeles International Airport may not be a good place for U.S. airlines to make money flying Pacific routes, but that little detail doesn't seem to be doing much to slow the expansion of service.
Perhaps low fuel prices are making LAX-Pacific routes look a bit more attractive, despite the intense competition and the lack of sufficient space to build a major hub.
Asked whether American is "close to the end of (adding) Asian routes" after adding Dallas to Hong Kong and Shanghai in June, President Scott Kirby responded, "We are at the end of new Dallas routes but we'll still be looking (for) and pursuing opportunities out of LAX."
From Dallas, American serves Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo Nartia. It will add Beijing on May 7.
Asked about deployment, Kirby responded, "We don't have anything to announce yet. It will be a while before it starts flying commercially. When it does start, initially it will fly domestically to break the airplane in."
Kirby said new service to Asia typically takes a couple of years to become profitable, but he added, "I'm pretty sure that with fuel prices where they are, we expect all (our) Asia routes to be profitable in 2015."
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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