Los Angeles travelers heading to Shanghai this summer will gain a new option when Delta Air Lines begins daily nonstop service between the two cities.
Delta says the Los Angeles area accounts for 25% of all U.S.-Asia demand, according to a statement about the new route.
Only in the last four years have the big three U.S. airlines seized on the L.A.-Shanghai route.
American Airlines started daily service in April 2011, and United followed a month later. Foreign carrier China Eastern also flies the route.
Delta plans to begin L.A.-Shanghai service on the new route in July, pending approval from the U.S. and Chinese governments.
It will fly a Boeing 777-200LR with 291 seats, including 37 flat-bed seats in business class.
Outbound flights will leave Los Angeles at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Shanghai at 6:15 p.m. the next day (14 hours). The return flight leaves Shanghai at 8:55 p.m. and arrives in L.A. at 6:15 p.m. (12 hours and 20 minutes).