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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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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In November, subject to government approval, the airline plans to replace the Airbus A340-600 aircraft with which it is initially serving the Chicago-Beijing route with new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and China’s capital Beijing in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies. However, Hawaiian will discontinue its under-performing non-stop Manila service this summer, its last outbound flight on the route leaving Honolulu on July 31.

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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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China’s Hainan Airlines plans to begin non-stop, four-times-weekly service from Chicago to Beijing on September 3, 2013.

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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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The carrier’s inaugural Boeing 787 service from Warsaw to Chicago will be on January 16. This will be followed closely by LOT beginning Dreamliner service to Toronto on February 1 and to New York JFK on February 3.

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JAL will use its Boeing 787-8 fleet to inaugurate the world’s first and only non-stop flight between San Diego and Asia on December 2, launching four-times-weekly service from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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The agreements will allow both Chinese carriers to place their codes and flight numbers on Delta Air Lines-operated flights between Seattle and Beijing. In addition, China Eastern Airlines will place its code and flight numbers on Delta-operated flights between Detroit and Beijing.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved American Airlines’ request for a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines of the People’s Republic of China.

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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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The central-city district near Sanlitun Road is arguably the hippest district in Beijing, and The Opposite House is unarguably the hippest hotel on that busy, buzzy shopping, drinking and clubbing street.

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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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American Airlines and China’s Hainan Airlines have agreed to codeshare on each other’s flights and to offer members of their frequent-flyer programs new opportunities to earn and redeem mileage points.

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The new flight, SQ806, operated by an Airbus A330-300, will depart Singapore Changi Airport at 7:10 p.m. from December 16 and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport the following day at 1:05 a.m., local time.

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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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