American Airlines has applied for approval to fly from Los Angeles to Beijing, challenging Delta, which is also vying for that route.

American has filed the application with the Department of Transportation. If approved, the daily service would begin Dec. 16.

American's proposal came two weeks after Delta announced the same intended starting day for its proposed LAX-Beijing service. However, since flights between the U.S. and China are limited under the countries’ air agreement, the DOT will have the final say on whether to approve just one of the routes, both, or neither.

American currently flies from LAX to Shanghai and will begin flying from LAX to Hong Kong in September. Delta’s lone China service out of LAX is also to Shanghai.

The two carriers are also competing for new daytime flight approvals at Tokyo Haneda Airport. 

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