Air China is launching twice-weekly nonstop service from Chengdu to Tokyo on September 22, becoming the first airline to launch a direct route to Japan from Southwest China.

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Air China’s new domestic routes for the late summer and autumn seasons include the leisure routes Beijing-Manzhouli, Chengdu-Urumqi-Korla Sinkiang and Chongqing-Qingdao.

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Air China says it is in talks with Airbus and Boeing about buying new widebody jets such as A350 XWBs and 787s for fleet replacement and growth.

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Air China’s PhoenixMiles frequent flyers can now receive bonus frequent-flyer kilometers when they purchase tickets. Additionally, members now have the option to trade 1,000 kilometer-points for 30-yuan ticket coupons.

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Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, has finalized an order for an additional 20 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 jetliners.

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Air China has launched a non-stop route from Beijing Capital International Airport to Yushu Batang Airport in the province of Qinghai in order to support post-disaster reconstruction in the earthquake-stricken area of Yushu.

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In step with the rapid recovery of the Chinese airline industry over the past six months, Air China is expanding its domestic and international networks and has beefed up service frequencies on several long-haul routes.

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Continental Airlines is moving its Tokyo operations to the South Wing of Terminal 1 at Narita International Airport on November 1.

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Star Alliance members Air China and All Nippon Airways will begin codesharing on flights operated by both airlines between Beijing Capital International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from October 25.

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Brazil’s TAM and Chinese airline Air China will begin codesharing this month on flights that connect Sao Paulo and Beijing via Madrid Barajas Airport.

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With its newly launched ‘Air China Business Travel Card’ series of prepaid debit cards, Air China says it has become China’s first airline to introduce frequent flyer program-related financial cards.

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