Air China is the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China with its headquarters in the Shunyi District, Beijing. Air China was established and commenced operations in July 1988, this was 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 flag carrier, Air China is committed to corporate social responsibility and plays an important role in facilitating the implementation of key national strategies, such as the OBOR initiative and the "Going Global Strategy", which encourages Chinese enterprises to invest overseas.
Air China's primary hub airport is Beijing Capital International Airport, although they have two other main hubs in Chengdu and Shanghai. Air China operates 322 routes, including 82 international, 15 regional and 225 domestic routes. These destinations include Beijing, Shenzhen, Baiyun, Shanghai, Jinan, Xiaoshan, Liuting, Xiamen, Tinahe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, London, Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, Madrid and many others.
Air China 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. The Sky Alliance has two tiers of their reward's program, Silver and Gold, with incentives including upgrades and priority boarding. The Sky Alliance now has 27 members operating with a combined fleet of over 4,000 aircraft serving more than 1,000 airports in over 190 countries. Between all of the airlines, the alliance serves over 18,000 daily departures flights combined.
22nd May 2017
Beijing and Frankfurt airports team up with Air China for convenient travel
Frankfurt and Beijing airports launched an easy gateway for Air China passengers to travel between the 2 cities. The gateway allows passengers flying Beijing-Frankfurt routes to enjoy services in beijing Capital International Airport and Frankfurt Airport. This includes separate check0in counters, luggage pick up line and a separate waiting area. The gateway also hopes to increase boarding time.The flights run twice daily. Beijing International Airport is the busiest airport in China, with 9.44 million passengers flying in and out in 2016.
15th May 2017
Air China is going ahead to get its Melbourne-Shenzhen flights off the ground with plans to begin non-stop service as of June 2017
Despite previously delaying and then subsequently cancelling its entry on this route, an Air China spokesperson affirms that "will be the commencement date of this new service".
Air China's original plans of offering four flights each week have been scaled back to three flights instead, however – departing both cities on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays – with these flights now on sale via travel agents and the airline's website.
CA768 will be wheels-up from Melbourne at 9pm on those days to reach Shenzhen at 4:25am the following morning, well before the Chinese business day begins.
On return CA767 takes wing at 12:55am for a midday touchdown in the Victorian capital on the same calendar day.
08th May 2017
Air China launches flights between Barcelona and Shanghai
Air China have now began operating an Airbus 300-200 flight between Barcelona, Spain and Shanghai, China. Air China will operate 3 x Weekly direct flights (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday) between the two cities.
The opening of the route means Barcelona becomes the 5th European city to have direct flights to Shanghai and Beijing. Air China's inauguration of the Barcelona-Beijing route took place in May 2014.
Business people will be able to arrive in China early on Monday morning and return to Spain on Friday evening, as well the convenience of making connecting flights.
Air China said that in 2016, around 100,400 passengers flew between Barcelona and Shanghai, despite there being no direct connections.
28th April 2017
Air China announces the launch of 2 new routes
Air China has announced the launch of 2 new routes between Beijing and Astana and Beijing and Zurich. Due to be launched in June 2017, these new routes will provide direct connections between China, Kazakhstan, and Switzerland.
The Beijing-Astana route will be launched on 1st June. Astana, located in Kazakhstan, is one of the world's youngest capitals. It enjoys a reputation as one of the happiest and most modern cities in Central Asia. The launch of Air China's Beijing-Astana route coincides with the 2017 World Expo, which is being held in Astana in June.
7th June will be when the Beijing-Zurich route is launched. Home to the global and European headquarters of over 100 banks, Zurich is surrounded by the famous Lake Zurich and the Alps, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The city's chic, laid-back character and the beautiful surroundings make it one of the world's most livable cities. In recent years, China and Switzerland have held numerous high-level exchanges, and bilateral trade relations have gone from strength to strength.
Beijing-Astana: 3 x weekly (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), Airbus A320. The outbound flight departs Beijing at 17:20 and arrives at 21:00; the inbound flight departs Astana at 22:30 and arrives at 05:30 (all times are local).
Beijing-Zurich: 4 x weekly (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday). The outbound flight departs Beijing at 02:35 and arrives at 07:25; the inbound flight departs Zurich at 12:55 and arrives at 05:05 (all times are local). The flights will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 featuring business class seats that can be fully reclined up to 180 degrees. Premium economy seats offer 120% more leg room than regular economy class, and economy class seats are ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue. All seats feature a personal entertainment system.
24th April 2017
Air China resumes services from Beijing to Pyongyang
Air China has announced it will resume flight services from Beijing to Pyongyang from 5th May 2017. This service will fly on Mondays and Fridays until October 2017.
China's national airline stated some flights would be temporarily cut "based on the situation of ticket sales", but it denied a report by state broadcaster CCTV that its flights to Pyongyang would be suspended indefinitely.
China is North Korea's sole major ally but disapproves of the North's weapons programmes and has supported U.N. sanctions against it.
Searches on Air China's website on Tuesday showed the carrier will have one flight a week, on Fridays, for the first two weeks of May, and after that, 2 x weekly, on Monday and Friday.
28th March 2017
Air China commences summer/autumn flight schedule, effective form 26th March 2017.
The new schedulde includes 102 international routes, 279 domestic routes and 14 regional routes. Additionally, new routes include:
Shanghai - Barcelona
Beijing - Astana
Beijing - Zurich
27th March 2017
Air China has been voted the most valuable travel brand for China.
27th Febuary 2017
Air China announced further adjustments to its Beijing – London Heathrow routes, commencing form 8th July 2017.
Previously, the airline’s CA855/856 service was scheduled with 3-class 777-300ER, replacing A330-200. However the latest schedule sees this flight will be operated by Airbus A330-300.
16th February 2017
From May 2017 Air China will launch new service routes to Spain, as the Star Alliance member opened reservation for Shanghai Pu Dong – Barcelona route. This service will commence operation on 5th May 2017 with a high-density A330-200 aircraft, 3 times a week.
13th February 2017
Air China announces plans for June 2017 to resume route services from Beijing to Zurich as the airline opened reservation last week.
With low-density 2-Class A330-200, the airline will commence this service serve route 4 times a week. In March 2017, Air China announced it was to launch Cebu-Beijing flights. In addition, Air China’s new service for its Beijing-Astana route will operate with 3 weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, beginning June 1 of this year using an Airbus A320. The airline also made changes to its seasonal summer flights for North America. Air China will be utilizing a larger aircraft on its Beijing-Los Angeles route starting March 26, and smaller aircraft on its Beijing-Montreal route (starting September 3) and Beijing-Montreal-Havana route (starting September 1). The airline’s Shenzhen-Los Angeles route will offer 3 weekly flights starting 6th July.