American delays Chicago-Beijing service in dispute over slots

With open skies negotiations just weeks away, the Transportation Department says the U.S. is "very disappointed" that Chinese aviation regulators have refused to give American Airlines a commercially viable slot at Beijing Capital International Airport. American on Monday postponed the start of its nonstop service between Chicago and Beijing after Chinese authorities assigned a 2:20 a.m. landing slot, rather than 1:55 p.m. as requested by the airline. American says it will rebook passengers on other flights until it can obtain reasonable slots in Beijing.

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