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 the Boeing 777-300ER to operate the route, from the Boeing 747-400.
“Adding new flights is a response to a consistently growing passenger demand for more convenient non-stop services between New York and Beijing,” says Yuelong Zhou, Air China’s general manager in New York.
“Business or leisure travelers bound for Beijing or onward to domestic Chinese cities and other destinations in Asia such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Thailand and many others, stand to benefit the most from Air China’s increased capacity and convenient connecting flights,” adds Yuelong.
Air China is the only airline operating non-stop service between New York JFK and Beijing and also claims to be the only airline offering a first-class cabin between the two cities. Its current daily round-trip flight numbers between New York JFK and Beijing are CA982 and CA981.
From March 31, an additional outbound flight, CA990, will depart from New York JFK on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2:50 a.m., arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 2:20 p.m. local time the next day, local time.
Inbound, CA 989 will leaves PEK at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, landing at JFK at 10:20 a.m. on the same day, local time.
In each Air China Boeing 777-300ER, the Forbidden Pavilion first-class cabin features eight luxury suites. each 777-300ER also has 41 full-flat bed seats in its Capital Pavilion business-class cabin and 259 economy seats. All seats have individual monitors and in-seat audio-video on demand (AVOD).
The interior of Air China’s 777-300ERs feature 10 mood lighting variations in the Forbidden and Capital Pavilions, each timed to complement the different phases of a flight, from boarding through meal service, sleeping and pre-arrival. The ambient lighting recreates the sunset, night and sunrise to reflect the various services associated with each phase and with the aim of creating a relaxing environment.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted Air China approval to launch four-times-weekly non-stop service between Houston and Beijing on July 11, the airline also planning to operate 777-300ERs on this new route.
Houston is Air China’s fifth gateway in North America, following New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.
Star Alliance member Air China’s Los Angeles-Beijing service, also operated by 777-300ERs, will resume double-daily flights on March 31.
The carrier will also increase service frequency on its Vancouver-Beijing route from 7 to 11 flights a week on May 17. Additionally, Air China will increase capacity on its San Francisco-Beijing daily service on March 31, by introducing Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft on to the route.