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. 16, 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. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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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."

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.

Starting with four flights a week, the nonstop flight will depart from Beijing
at 3 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 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.

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
www.airchina.us 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 fly2houston.com and follow us @HobbyAirport and @IAH.

Website: http://www.airchina.us
Contact: HAS, Houston Airport System, 281-233-1234; Air China, Lillibeth
Bishop, 310-744-8231, lillibeth@airchina.us
 
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