Star Alliance members Air China and All Nippon Airways will begin codesharing on flights operated by both airlines between Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) from October 25.
Beijing is the fourth city to be included in the international destination line-up from the normally domestic-service-only Haneda Airport, joining Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Thanks to the proximity of Haneda airport to the centre of Tokyo, customers of Air China and All Nippon Airways (ANA) travelling between the capitals of both countries will have shorter and more convenient journeys to downtown destinations compared with the trips they would have to make from Tokyo’s main international airport, Narita.
Air China will put its code on ANA’s one daily round-trip flight, while ANA will put its code on the twice-daily flights of Air China on the route, giving customers the choice of three daily Air China or ANA flights between Beijing and Haneda. Since both Air China and ANA are members of Star Alliance, customers will also benefit from reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption, as well as lounge and other benefits where applicable.
With this agreement in place, the two airlines will offer 106 weekly flights between Tokyo and Beijing between them, and a total of 271 flights per week between Japan and China.
From October 25, the codesharing flights will operate on the Air China-operated flights CA 181 and CA 183 between Beijing and Haneda, as well as on the Haneda-Beijing flights CA 182 and CA 184. Air China operates each of these flights with Airbus A321 narrowbodies.
CA 181 departs PEK at 8:40 a.m. and arrives at HND at 12:50 p.m., while CA 183 leaves PEK at 5:35 p.m. and reahces HND at 9:45 p.m. In the other direction, CA 182 departs HND at 1:50 p.m. and reaches PEK at 4:40 p.m., with CA 184 departing HND at 8:30 a.m. and arriving at PEK at 11:20 a.m.
The Beijing-Haneda flights will also be given the respective ANA flight numbers NH 5728 and NH 5730, while the Haneda-Bejing flights will be given the ANA flight numbers NH 5729 and NH 5731.
Meanwhile, Air China will apply the flight numbers CA 6708 and CA 6707 respectively to ANA’s Boeing 767-300 flight NH 1285 from Haneda to Beijing and its return flight NH 1286 from Beijing to Haneda. NH 1285 leaves HND at 9:30 a.m. and arrives at PEK at 12:35 p.m., while NH 1286 departs PEK at 3:55 p.m. to arrive back at HND at 8:15 p.m.