NAGOYA (Kyodo) American Airlines said Tuesday it will launch daily nonstop flights between Chicago and Centrair International Airport, scheduled to open Feb. 17 near Nagoya.

The service, using a 236-seat Boeing 777-200ER, will be the first in the Chubu region by the biggest U.S. carrier. It will start in April. American currently flies between five U.S. cities and Narita airport.

The new airport will offer more connections to the United States than Nagoya airport, which has been the regional hub.

Flights will depart Chubu at 6 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 3:40 p.m. local time the same day, while Nagoya-bound flights will depart Chicago at 12:45 p.m. and arrive at 3:45 p.m. Japan time the following day. The airport is being built on reclaimed land off Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture.

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