Air China to Offer Shanghai-Barcelona Non-Stop Service

Its new non-stop service from Shanghai will be the second route operated by Star Alliance member Air China to Barcelona, the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia. On May 5, 2014, Air China began operating four-times-weekly Beijing-Vienna-Barcelona round-trips.

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The national flag carrier is the first airline in China to have a 787-9 enter into service.

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Air China will extend its existing Beijing-Montreal service on to Havana on a one-stop basis from December 27.

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Star Alliance member Air China says it is adding the four-times-weekly Bejing-Newark service to its existing twice-daily Beijing-New York JFK service “in order to further meet the buoyant demand for air travel between China and the United States”.

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Air China will launch three-times-weekly Beijing-Montreal non-stop service on September 29. According to Air China, the new route will represent the world’s first transpacific non-stop service between Asia and Montreal.

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Air China will create the first direct transpacific link between Asia and Montréal when it launches non-stop service between Beijing and Montréal on September 29. Air Canada and Air China intend subsequently to form a revenue-sharing joint venture for their flights between China and Canada.

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Air China has announced two moves which would considerably increase its presence on routes between China and the two largest nations of Australasia, Australia and New Zealand.

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According to Air China, its new four-times-weekly service starting on May 1 will represent the only direct route linking China with Belarus and Hungary.

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Air China is launching four-times-weekly service linking its Southwest China regional hub at Chengdu with Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on February 10.

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The airline’s new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental fleet made its debut on the Beijing-New York route on January 7, when flight CA981 landed at New York JFK in the early afternoon.

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The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing-Auckland service, in addition to Air New Zealand continuing its existing Shanghai-Auckland service.

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Star Alliance member Air China becomes the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8.

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Star Alliance member Air China will operate the service, using the flight numbers CA841 outbound and CA842 inbound, from Beijing Capital International Airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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A United Airlines service from Chicago landing early on the morning of June 4 will be the first flight to use London Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. United Airlines will be alone for two weeks as the first user of the new Terminal 2 main building.

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The aircraft upgrade means that as of February 11, Air China will be operating Boeing 777-300ER jets on all its routes to destinations in the continental United States ‒ San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

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United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin non-stop service linking the airline’s hub at San Francisco International Airport with Chengdu, the fourth-largest Chinese city, from June 9, 2014.

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Boeing has confirmed that Air China has agreed to order two more Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals, one additional 777-300ER and 20 737-800s. In addition, Air China Cargo, a subsidiary of Air China, has agreed to buy eight Boeing 777 Freighters.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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Pending U.S. government approval, Air China will launch four-times-weekly service between Beijing and Houston on July 11. The new service will see Houston become the first gateway in Texas and the South Central Region of the United States with a direct connection to China.

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