This fall, for the first time in nearly a decade, American Airlines will not be operating nonstop service between its Chicago O’Hare International hub and Beijing. The move frees up a Boeing 787-8 and some space at its most crowded U.S. gateway—assets American will put to work flying seasonal Hawaii nonstops. The reasons behind the moves are simple: Beijing, a year-round staple since 2010, does not make money, while Hawaii probably will. If the new flight does not, it will be ...

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