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Air China is the national flag carrier of the People's Republic of China, with its headquarters in the Shunyi District, Beijing. The Chinese airline's primary hub airport is Beijing Capital International Airport, a major domestic and international hub in China. Air China operates 322 routes, including 82 international, 15 regional and 225 domestic routes.

Air China began operations in July 1988, as a result of the Chinese government's decision to split China's operating divisions into six separate airlines; Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, China Northern, China Southwest and China Northwest. As China's only national airline, it is committed to social responsibility and plays an important role in facilitating the implementation of key national strategies, such as the "Going Global Strategy", which encourages Chinese enterprises to invest overseas.

The airline has codeshare agreements with many airlines including Air Canada, Air Macau, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, South African Airways, Shenzehn Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Tibet Airlines, United Airlines amongst many others. Air China joined the Sky Alliance - the world's largest global airline alliance.

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With Alternative Airlines you can book your Air China flights in English! Avoid misunderstandings and count on us to provide you with a safe and secure booking service in English. You can also contact our excellent customer service team with any of your queries.


Please note that the following baggage information is a guide, and is subject to change (by the airline) based on the applicable fare tariff and route. Free baggage allowance will be confirmed during the booking process, when it is also possible to add more bags to your booking if required.

Carry-on Baggage

The hand baggage allowance for First class and Business class Air China passengers is two pieces, weighing no more than 8kg each. The baggage allowance for Economy Class passengers is one piece, weighing no more than 5kg.

Carry-on baggage must not exceed dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Any luggage that does not fit in the overhead cabin or seat in front of you will have to be checked into the hold.

Checked Baggage

Domestic flights: The baggage allowance is 40 kg (88 lb) for First Class, 30 kg (66 lb) for Business Class and 20 kg (44 lb) for Economy Class. The length, width and height of each piece of baggage shall not exceed 100 cm (40 in), 60 cm (24 in) and 40 cm (16 in).

International flights: First/Business Class passengers may check in two pieces of baggage for free, each weighing up to 32 kg (70 lb). Premium Economy Class passengers are entitled to check two pieces of ordinary baggage for free, each piece of baggage weighing up to 23 kg (50 lb). Economy Class passengers traveling on the following routes may check in two items of baggage for free, each weighing up to 23 kg (50 lb).

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Online check-in is available on the Air China website.

Airport Check-In

Customers must arrive at the airport before the check-in desk closes. Check-in closing time will vary according to the flight's departure. In general, for domestic flights passengers must arrive 45 minutes prior to departure and 60 minutes prior for international flights.

Seat Selection

Alternative Airlines customers can now pre-book Air China seats when they purchase their flight. Whether you love to have a window seat or you prefer the aisle, you'll find your favourite place to sit on the plane with Alternative Airlines.

First Class

Air China's First Class service provides you with the comfort and privacy you need to enjoy your flight. Sit back and relax in intimate and cosy suites.

First Class Facilities

Entertain yourself with a range of in-flight entertainment options. As well as additional space and privacy on board, First Class passengers will be offered complimentary drinks and provided with slippers, L'Occitane amenity kit and high-quality pyjamas. You'll also have an exquisite choice of in-flight meals with a range of dishes inspired by the Chinese cuisine and heritage.

Does Air China have a First Class lounge?

Air China's First Class lounge in Beijing can be accessed with the airline's Priority Pass. Pass the time before your flight in Air China's entertainment space, with comfortable seating and a wide screen TV. Enjoy a wide selection of complimentary food drinks and snacks and even choose Chinese delicacies from the airline's buffet selection.

Business Class

Travel in style with Air China Business Class. Enjoy a relaxing flight and excellent customer service from check-in to landing.

Air China Business Class Facilities

Air China passengers can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Business Class lounge, where they will have access to a buffet and an exceptional selection of Chinese beers and wines to choose from.

What are Air China Business Class Seats Like?

Air China passengers are provided with a fully-flat bed to make sure they get the best sleep possible and arrive revitalised for the next leg of their journey. Passengers can adjust the seat to upright and relaxed positions for maximum comfort while sitting or reclining. With thick duvets and medium-size pillows as well as signature Air China red slippers, you will enjoy a relaxing night sleep onboard your Air China flight.

Premium Economy Class

Air China is yet to offer Premium Economy. If you wish to upgrade, please see the airline's Business Class fare.

Economy Class

Economy Class will serve you with a smile, comfort and treat you like a First Class passenger.

Economy Class Facilities

Pillows and blankets are provided in Economy Class, giving you comfort and a peaceful journey. Power outlets are available to help charge devices. Headphones and in-flight entertainment is available for your journey, with a range of music, films and games. Translation services from Mandarin to English is available. Drinks services come through and can take your selection or a cart of a range of beverages to choose from. White and red wine, beer and soft drinks can be chosen. Meals are included in Economy Class, with a mixture of cakes and snacks. Hot meals are served depending on the length of your journey and the time.

What are Economy Class Seats Like?

Air China's Economy Class seating consists of 261 seats and arranged in 3-3-3 configuration. Each seat is 32 inches wide and reclines.

In-flight Entertainment

Passengers are provided with in-flight magazines, newspapers, TV channels and movies on board their widebody jets.

Air China Movies

Air China offers eight classic movies by world-renowned directors such as John Woo, Jia Zhangke and Xie Fe. Aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art AVOD systems featuring bilingual classic movies as well as a large collection of games.


Meal Options

Economy passengers can enjoy healthy gourmet meals made with carefully selected ingredients on board their flight. Depending on the duration and time of your flight, passengers will be provided with breakfast, lunches, dinner and snacks. For shorter flights, passengers may receive sandwiches, hamburgers or snacks such as Chinese cake.

Passengers in business and first class can enjoy western or Chinese style food at any mealtime, with lunch and dinner offering at least 3 main meal options which is served with a starter, bread, salad, cheese, fruit and a dessert. Snacks will also be available between meals, with healthy options such as seasonal fruits and yogurt.

Air China have also recently invested in a new ‘Forbidden Pavilion First Class’ and ‘Capital Pavilion Business Class’, wherein passengers can enjoy tailor-made menus consisting of 18 dishes which can be pre-ordered and reserved. The available dishes include seafood, beef, pork, chicken, duck, vegetables or noodle soup, but may vary on the route travelling.

Special Dietary Requirements

Passengers can request special meals for their flights at the time of booking, up until 24 hours before flying (except Kosher meals which must be requested 48 hours before departure). The types of meals available are as follows:

Child Meal Baby Meal
Children’s Meal
Health Meal Bland Meal
Diabetic Meal
Fruit Platter Meal
Gluten Intolerant Meal
Low Calorie Meal
Seafood Meal
Low fat/low cholesterol Meal
Low salt Meal
Low lactose Meal
Vegetarian Raw Meal
Vegetarian Meal Vegetarian Asian (Hindu) Meal
Vegetarian vegan Meal
Vegetarian lacto-ovo Meal
Vegetarian oriental Meal
Religious Meal Hindu Meal
Kosher Meal
Moslem Meal
Vegetarian Jain Meal

Drinks & Alcohol

Passengers can enjoy a selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks onboard Air China flights. In addition, there is a ‘Cellar in the Sky’ service where passengers can try a range of different wines, champagnes, cognac, spirits and beer.

Route Map

Air China Route Map

Frequent Flyer Program


PhoenixMiles is the frequent flyer program of Air China, along with its subsidiary, Shenzhen Airlines, and Shandong Airlines, Tibet Airlines and Dalian Airlines. PhoenixMiles was the first frequent flyer program launched in mainland China, and was designed to reward frequent flyers traveling internationally and domestically with both Air China and its partner airlines.

Collecting PhoenixMiles points

When you make an Air China booking through Alternative Airlines, simply select ‘PhoenixMiles’ from the drop-down list of frequent flyer options during the flight booking process. You can then add you personal membership number, and collect your points when you fly!

Airline Alliance

Star Alliance

In 2006, Air China signed an agreement to join the Star Alliance, and became a member of the alliance in December 2007, alongside its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines.

Special Services

Special service requests can include mobility assistance, requesting an extra seat or requesting permission to fly with special service animals or medical equipment. Whatever your need, Alternative Airlines is here to help. Requests for special services can be made at the time of booking, by completing the special request form - we then pass this information on to the airline. You can also contact our customer service team after making your booking, or to find out more.

Hub Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport

Air China is based at Beijing Capital International Airport which is the main international airport in Beijing. The Chinese airport is located 32km (20mi) from the city centre. In 2016 it welcomed over 95 million passengers, making it one of the busiest airports in the world. Other airlines flying similar routes include China Express Airlines.

Interior of Beijing Capital International Airport

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The airline operates an extensive fleet (397 aircraft in total!) comprising of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. This includes 105 x Boeing 737-800 (+50 on order), 18 x Boeing 737-700, 33 x Airbus A319-100, x44 Airbus A320-200 (+11 ordered).


Some of the airline's most popular destinations include Bangkok (Thailiand), Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Cairo (Egypt), Changzhou (China), Chaoyang (China), Dandong (China), Haikou (China), Hanoi (Vietnam), Honolulu (Hawaii), Houston (USA), London (UK). Mianyang (China), Munich (Germany), New York (USA), Rome (Italy), Shanghai (China), Shenzhen (China), Tokyo (Japan), Qinghai (China, Yangzhou (China) and Zhengzhou (China).

Domestic Destinations

The airline flies to the following destinations within China:

Aksu Aksu Airport AKU
Baotou Baotou Erliban Airport BAV
Bayannur Bayannur Tianjitai Airport RLK
Beihai Beihai Fucheng Airport BHY
Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport PEK
Beijing Beijing Daxing International Airport PKX
Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport CGQ
Changde Changde Taohuayuan Airport CGD
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport CSX
Changzhou Changzhou Benniu Airport CZX
Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport CTU
Changzhi Changzhi Wangcun Airport CIH
Chaoyang Chaoyang Airport CHG
Chifeng Chifeng Yulong Airport CIF
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport CKG
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport DLC
Dandong Dandong Langtou Airport DDG
Daocheng Daocheng Yading Airport DCY
Daqing Daqing Sartu Airport DQA
Datong Datong Yungang Airport DAT
Dazhou Dazhou Heshi Airport DAX
Dunhuang Dunhuang Airport DNH
Fuyang Fuyang Xiguan Airport FUG
Fuyuan Fuyuan Dongji Airport FYJ
Fuzhou Fuzhou Changle International Airport FOC
Ganzhou Ganzhou Huangjin Airport KOW
Guangyuan Guangyuan Panlong Airport GYS
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport CAN
Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport KWL
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport KWE
Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport HAK
Hami City Hami Airport HMI
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport HGH
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport HRB
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport HFE
Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport HET
Hotan Hotan Airport HTN
Huangshan Huangshan Tunxi International Airport TXN
Huizhou Huizhou Pingtan Airport HUZ
Hulunbuir Hulunbuir Hailar Airport HLD
Jiamusi Jiamusi Dongjiao Airport JMU
Ji'an Jinggangshan Airport JGS
Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport TNA
Jingdezhen Jingdezhen Luojia Airport JDZ
Jinghong Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport JHG
Jiuzhaigou Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport JZH
Karamay Karamay Airport KRY
Kashgar Kashgar Airport KHG
Korla Korla Airport KRL
Kunming Kunming Wujiaba International Airport KMG
Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport LHW
Lhasa Lhasa Gonggar Airport LXA
Lianyungang Lianyungang Baitabu Airport LYG
Lijiang Lijiang Sanyi International Airport LJG
Liupanshui Liupanshui Yuezhao Airport LPF
Liuzhou Liuzhou Bailian Airport LZH
Luzhou Luzhou Yunlong Airport LZO
Manzhouli Manzhouli Xijiao Airport NZH
Mianyang Mianyang Nanjiao Airport MIG
Mudanjiang Mudanjiang Hailang International Airport MDG
Nanchang Nanchang Changbei International Airport KHN
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport NKG
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport NNG
Nantong Nantong Xingdong Airport NTG
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport NGB
Nyingchi Nyingchi Mainling Airport LZY
Ordos Ordos Ejin Horo Airport DSN
Panzhihua Panzhihua Bao'anying Airport PZI
Qamdo Qamdo Bamda Airport BPX
Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport TAO
Qiqihar Qiqihar Sanjiazi Airport NDG
Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport SYX
Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport SHA
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport PVG
Shantou Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport SWA
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport SHE
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport SZX
Shigatse Shigatse Peace Airport RKZ
Shiquanhe Ngari Gunsa Airport NGQ
Shiyan Shiyan Wudangshan Airport WDS
Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport TYN
Taizhou Taizhou Luqiao Airport HYN
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport TSN
Tonghua Tonghua Sanyuanpu Airport TNH
Tongliao Tongliao Airport TGO
Turpan Turpan Jiaohe Airport TLQ
Ulanhot Ulanhot Airport HLH
Ürümqi Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport URC
Wanzhou Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport WXN
Weihai Weihai Dashuibo Airport WEH
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport WNZ
Wuhai Wuhai Airport WUA
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport WUH
Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport WUX
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport XMN
Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport XIY
Xiangyang Xiangyang Liuji Airport XFN
Xichang Xichang Qingshan Airport XIC
Xilinhot Xilinhot Airport XIL
Xining Xining Caojiabao International Airport XNN
Xuzhou Xuzhou Guanyin International Airport XUZ
Yancheng Yancheng Nanyang International Airport YNZ
Yangzhou Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport YTY
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport YNJ
Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport YNT
Yibin Yibin Caiba Airport YBP
Yichang Yichang Sanxia Airport YIH
Yinchuan Yinchuan Hedong International Airport INC
Yiwu Yiwu Airport YIW
Yulin Yulin Yuyang Airport UYN
Yuncheng Yuncheng Guangong Airport YCU
Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport DYG
Zhanjiang Zhanjiang Airport ZHA
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport CGO
Zhuhai Zhuhai Jinwan Airport ZUH
Zunyi Zunyi Xinzhou Airport ZYI

International Destinations

Greece Athens Athens International Airport ATH
New Zealand Auckland Auckland International Airport AKL
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport BKK
Spain Barcelona Barcelona El–Prat International Airport BCN
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport BUD
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport PUS
Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai International Airport CNX
Russia Chita Kadala Airport HTA
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport CMB
Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport CPH
India Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport DEL
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport DXB
Germany Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport DUS
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport FRA
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport FUK
Switzerland Geneva Geneva International Airport GVA
Japan Hakodate Hakodate Airport HKD
Vietnam Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport HAN
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport HAV
Japan Hiroshima Hiroshima Airport HIJ
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport SGN
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport HKG
Hong Kong Hong Kong Kai Tak International Airport HKG
United States Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH
Pakistan Islamabad Islamabad International Airport ISB
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport CGK
South Korea Jeju Jeju International Airport CJU
South Africa Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport JNB
Pakistan Karachi Jinnah International Airport KHI
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport KTM
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport KUL
United Kingdom London London Gatwick International Airport LGW
United Kingdom London London Heathrow International Airport LHR
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Macau Macau Macau International Airport MFM
Spain Madrid Madris–Barajas International Airport MAD
Philippines Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport MNL
Australia Melbourne Melbourne Airport MEL
Italy Milan Milan–Malpensa Airport MXP
Belarus Minsk Minsk National Airport MSQ
Canada Montreal Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport YUL
Russia Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport SVO
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport BOM
Germany Munich Munich International Airport MUC
Japan Naha Naha Airport OKA
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK
United States Newark Newark Liberty International Airport EWR
Vietnam Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport CXR
France Nice Nice Côte d'Azur Airport NCE
Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport TSE
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport KIX
Panama Panama City Tocumen International Airport PTY
France Paris Paris–Charles de Gaulle International Airport CDG
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport PNH
Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport HKT
North Korea Pyongyang Pyongyang Sunan International Airport FNJ
Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino International Airport FCO
United States San Francisco San Francisco International Airport SFO
Brazil São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport GRU
Japan Sapporo New Chitose Airport CTS
Japan Sendai Sendai Airport SDJ
South Korea Seoul Gimpo International Airport GMP
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport ICN
Japan Shizuoka Shizuoka Airport FSZ
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi International Airport SIN
Sweden Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport ARN
Australia Sydney Sydney Kingsford–Smith International Airport SYD
Taiwan Taipei Taipei Songshan Airport TSA
Taiwan Taipei Taipei Taoyuan International Airport TPE
Japan Tokyo Haneda International Airport HND
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport NRT
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport ULN
Canada Vancouver Vancouver International Airport YVR
Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport VIE
Poland Warsaw Warsaw Frédéric Chopin International Airport WAW
United States Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport IAD
Myanmar Yangon Yangon International Airport RGN

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