I think that the new deal, allowing the increased flights between US and China, was signed in late-September - less than 3 months ago. My guess, and its only a guess, is that no decision will be made until after the new year. While CO
and the other airlines are most anxious to get the authorities and CO
has stated that it would like to start the EWR
-Bejing service by March 2005, that is a date that was put out there by CO
and not the governmental authorities. CO
also has said that Shanghai would not start until sometime in 2006.
My guess is that we will hear something in mid to late Janaury - and if CO
is selected, the EWR
-Bejing service will begin about 3 months thereafter, ie, just in time for the Summer 2005 schedule.