At a ceremony held on October 30 at Boeing’s plant at Everett near Seattle, Air China took delivery of the new, specially painted Boeing 777-300ER, which is the 10th of 19 777-300ERs Air China has ordered.

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The 100th A320-family aircraft assembled at Airbus’ A320 Family Final Assembly Line China was handed over on September 25 to Air China. Delivery of the milestone aircraft from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre comes 39 months after the first was delivered on June 22, 2009.

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The airlines will interline at JFK and LAX and expect to begin selling interline tickets this summer. Subject to government approval, Air China plans to enter into a codeshare with JetBlue this autumn and place its ‘CA’ flight designator on flights operated by JetBlue.

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Star Alliance’s Chief Executive Board has unanimously accepted the membership application of Taiwanese carrier EVA Air, which is expected to join the alliance in mid-2013.

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As part of its effort to build a hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China, Air China will launch a four-times-weekly Shanghai-Chengdu-Mumbai route on May 2.

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Under this program, Chinese citizens with valid U.S. visas who are in direct transit through Vancouver International Airport on their way to and from the United States are no longer required to obtain a Canadian Temporary Residence Permit.

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Air China is introducing the Boeing 777-300ER to its Los Angeles-Beijing route on February 1. The airline will debut the Boeing 777-300ER between LAX and Beijing on its night flight, CA 984/CA983.

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Air China’s southwest division will begin twice-weekly service from Sichuan province’s capital Chengdu to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, on January 5.

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Air China began daily non-stop service between Beijing and Tibet’s capital Lhasa on December 15, the flight representing the first non-stop scheduled service between the two cities.

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The new three-times-weekly service will be South African Airways’ first-ever service to China. SAA will operate the flights with Airbus A340-600s.

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Air China is launching four-times-weekly, non-stop service between Beijing and Copenhagen on June 2, 2012, using Airbus A330-200s.

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Air China, Austrian and Lufthansa will be the first Star Alliance member carriers to install the new economy-class seats on their long-haul fleets. Deliveries of the seats from B/E Aerospace are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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The Chinese carrier will become Star Alliance’s 32nd member and will add five new destinations to the alliance’s network in China: Juzhou in Zhejiang Province, Linyi, Qinhuangdao, Shijiazhuang, and Zhoushan.

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Air China’s A330-200 Business Class cabin revamp includes upgrading each seat to a 180-degree, fully lie-flat bed and improving the in-flight entertainment system at each seat.

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Air China signed the deal at the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2011 in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding declaring its intention to expand its fleet with six 777 Freighters, 30 Boeing 787-9s and two 787-8 Intercontinental VIP aircraft.

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Air China has taken delivery of a Boeing 737-800 which is the airline’s first Boeing 737NG with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

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Air China will launch a second daily nonstop round-trip between Los Angeles and Beijing on September 1, operating the flight with a Boeing 747-400.

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The airline’s Chengdu transit service provides passengers with a range of tourism services as part of the development of Air China’s Chengdu hub strategy and of Chengdu as a tourist destination.

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Air China will use the 777-300ERs to expand its international routes. The carrier already had 15 Boeing 777-300ERs on order from a previous contract signed in 2007.

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