Jose M. Gonzalez arrived for his first day at his new job via American Airlines' new Dallas/Fort Worth to Hong Kong flight.
Gonzalez, who is the new consul general for Chile in Hong Kong, said he was excited about American's new flighs because it made it much easier to get from South America to Hong Kong. The new connections have been heavily promoted in Santiago as a way to get to Asia, he said.
"For Chilean people, they love to go to different places instead of just Miami and Chicago," Gonzalez said. "This flight is wonderful."
Gonzalez flew from Santiago to DFW on a ten-hour flight that left Tuesday evening and arrived in DFW at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. With the Hong Kong flight leaving at 12:45 p.m., Gonzalez said he had plenty of time to get through the customs process at DFW Airport and recheck his bags for his second flight.
In the past, when Gonzalez had to go to Asia, he said he would usually have to fly to Miami and then take a domestic flight to Chicago before getting on an American flight to Shanghai.
And since he is moving to Hong Kong from Chile this time, Gonzalez said he was glad he only had one connection to make instead of the usual two or three to get from Santiago to Hong Kong since he had five large suitcases with him. I was able to interview him as he waited in the customs baggage area for his luggage.
"That's a little detail you forget. But when it's your first trip to your new post, being able to only have to make one transfer is a big deal," Gonzalez said.