Air China Continues Expansion In North America With New Nonstop Houston-Beijing Service

       Air China Continues Expansion In North America With New Nonstop
                           Houston-Beijing Service

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Jan. 15, 2013

--New service makes Houston the first gateway for direct connection to China
in Texas and in the South Central Region of the United States—

HOUSTON, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China's
Vice President and General Manager for North America, announced Air China's
new nonstop service between Houston and Beijing, pending government approval,
in a joint press conference with the Houston Airport System today.



"With its vibrant business communities and fast-growing diverse population,
Houston is a perfect choice for an additional gateway for Air China. It
offers the most convenient connections to China and beyond for our passengers
from Texas and other neighboring states," said Dr. Chi.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker welcomed the news.

"Houston is honored to be the newest global gateway for Air China as our
international growth depends on strong relationships worldwide," said Mayor
Annise Parker. "This new direct route to China will ensure our success in
growing the Texas regional economy and strengthen the global ties to our trade
partners in China."

Consul General Erwen Xu also applauded Air China's new flight to Houston.
Madame Xu, China's 12^th Consul General in Houston, said at the press
conference, "Houston has always played an important role in China-U.S.
relations. In 1979, Houston was one of the stops of China's late leader Deng
Xiaoping's historic visit to the U.S. In the same year, it became the host
city of China's very first Consulate General in the U.S. The nonstop flight
between Houston and Beijing, as dreamed by many people for many years, will
not only shorten the distance between Houston and China, but also help expand
future cooperation between the southern part of the U.S. and China, and help
foster stronger ties between our two great countries."

Air China, China's exclusive national flag carrier, is scheduled to operate
the round-trip Beijing to Houston route on a new generation Boeing 777-300ER
beginning Thursday, July 11, 2013, pending approval from the United States
Department of Transportation. By selecting Houston, Air China will benefit
from a strong international community with many business and leisure
passengers who use Intercontinental as a global gateway.

"We've seen a steady growth of air travel between Houston and China in recent
years, and now it will become the first scheduled passenger destination in the
U.S. that we've added in three decades. We look forward to serving Houston
and facilitating stronger ties between China and the United States," said Mr.
Jianjiang Cai, Air China's President and Executive Director.

Air China will operate at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) from
Terminal D, which is the gateway for all foreign flag carriers into the fourth
largest city in the United States. Houston is a leader in the Americas for
excellent facilitation of international visitors in a state-of-the-art Federal
Inspection Services facility.

"We offer a Texas-sized welcome to Air China on the new flights to Bush
Intercontinental that offer the Lone Star State a direct connection to China,"
said Mario C. Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System. "As a critical
economic driver for Houston, this new route will result in tremendous benefits
to the region."

Starting with four flights a week, the nonstop flight will depart from Beijing
at 3:00 p.m. and land in Houston on the same day at 3:30 p.m. Outbound, it
is scheduled to leave Houston at 1:40 a.m. the next day, arriving at Beijing
Capital International Airport at 5:00 a.m the following day.

Houston will be Air China's fifth gateway in North America in addition to New
York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. China's national flag carrier
continues its investment in the Americas with new nonstop services, product
upgrades and increase in flight frequencies. On March 31, 2013, the New
York-Beijing flight will increase from 7 to 11 per week. As well, the
aircraft for this route will be upgraded to B777-300ER. The Los
Angeles-Beijing service, which uses the B777-300ER, will resume its double
daily flights on March 31, 2013. Vancouver-Beijing is scheduled to increase
from 7 to 11 flights per week on May 17, 2013. A bigger B747-400
full-passenger aircraft will be used for the San Francisco-Beijing daily
operation beginning March 31, 2013.

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About Air China

Air China is the world's largest airline by market capitalization, according
to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It operates a fleet of
432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Its robust network of 289 routes extends
throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South and North America from its
main hub at Beijing Capital International Airport where it offers unrivaled
connections to cities within China and beyond. As a Star Alliance member, Air
China has within its reach 1,356 destinations in 193 countries. Visit or call Air China's North America Call Center at 800-882-8122
for more information.

About Houston Airports

The Houston Airport System served 50 million passengers in 2012. Houston's
three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby
(HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute $27.5 billion to the regional
economy. Visit and follow us @HobbyAirport and @IAH.

SOURCE Houston Airport System

Contact: Roxanne Butler, +1-713-859-5214, Houston Airport System, Media Line,
+1-281-233-1234, Lillibeth Bishop, Air China, +1-310-744-8231,
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