Building off of what NYCAAer stated above, the lack of fifth freedom rights really wouldn't matter for AA
, because they would like to fly to Chinese cities from established U.S. hubs. Point-to-point flying from Narita for AA
would be a little ridiculous... I don't think AA
would want to become the seventh carrier in a market like NRT
-Seoul (NW, UA
, and Asiana beat them to it).
codeshares with JL
, so there would be no need to start their own flights from Tokyo onward to China when these routes are already covered by alliance partners.
As far as being successful in China... well, AA
might not have the brand recognition there, but they definitely have it in the USA. Combine this with the growing factor of globalization, increasing Western business influence in China, and the advantage of being one of the few airlines to operate from the US to China nonstop, and I think American will perform quite well in China, if both governments give them that opportunity.
Create your own luck.