Air China’s Beijing-New York Service Gets Major Boost with Upgrade to Boeing
777-300ER and Expanded Frequency
-The Big Apple joins other Air China North America gateways with fleet upgrade
and expanded capacity-
NEW YORK -- January 30, 2013
A special double treat awaits China and Asia-bound travelers from New York on
March 31, 2013 when Air China, China’s exclusive national flag carrier,
upgrades its aircraft to the state of the art Boeing 777-300ER and increase
its frequency from 7 to 11 per week for its nonstop New York-Beijing flights.
“Adding new flights is a response to a consistently growing passenger demand
for more convenient nonstop services between New York and Beijing. Business or
leisure travelers bound for Beijing or onward to domestic Chinese cities and
other destinations in Asia such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, the Philippines,
Thailand and many others, stand to benefit the most from Air China’s increased
capacity and convenient connecting flights,” Mr. Yuelong Zhou, Air China’s
General Manager in New York, said.
Air China is the only airline with nonstop service between New York and
Beijing. It is also the only airline with first class cabin between these two
cities. Current daily flights between New York and Beijing are CA 982 and CA
The additional outbound flight, CA 990, departs from John F. Kennedy
International Airport (JFK) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2:50
AM, arriving in Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 2:20 PM local
time the next day. Inbound, CA 989 leaves Beijing at 9:00 AM also on Monday,
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in New York at 10:20 AM local time on
the same day.
As the largest long-range twin-engine jetliner, the B777-300ER is cleaner and
greener. It also brings twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the
long-range market and delivers better fuel performance.
“Operating the New York-Beijing flight with the new ‘triple seven’ provides
Air China with a significant advantage in the highly competitive New York
market. It shows our commitment to provide air travelers with the best product
from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Beijing. I’m sure our guests
will appreciate the features of the energy-efficient Boeing 777-300ER,” Mr.
The ‘triple seven’ has a wider cabin than any competing aircraft. It is
designed for maximum passenger comfort and convenience. Air China’s Forbidden
Pavilion (first class) features eight luxury suites, 41 full-flat bed seats in
the Capital Pavilion (business class) and 259 economy seats with individual
monitors and in-seat audio-video on demand (AVOD).
Designed for maximum passenger comfort, the interior of Air China’s B777-300ER
feature ten mood lighting variations in the Forbidden and Capital Pavilions,
each timed to complement the different phases of a flight—from boarding
through meal service, sleeping and pre-arrival. The ambient lighting recreates
the sunset, night and sunrise to reflect the various services associated with
each phase and create a totally relaxing environment.
Today’s announcement follows last week’s approval granted to Air China by the
U.S. Department of Transportation to start four weekly nonstop services
between Houston and Beijing on July 11, 2013 using the B777-300ER. Houston is
Air China’s fifth gateway in North America in addition to New York, Los
Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. The Los Angeles-Beijing service,
operated with 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.
About Air China
Air China is the world’s largest airline by market capitalization, according
to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Air China holds the
controlling shares for Shenzhen Airlines, Air Macau, Dalian Airlines, Beijing
Airlines, Shandong Airlines and 29.9% of Cathay Pacific Airways, making it the
airline’s largest shareholder after the Swire Group. 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 destination in 193 countries.
Visit www.airchina.us or call Air China’s North America Call Center at
800-882-8122 for more information.
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