(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Air China and received via electronic mail. The
release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Air China to operate more flights from Vancouver to Beijing 
February 05, 2013 … Vancouver B.C. Canada. Air China, China’s
national airline and official flag carrier has announced it will
increase the number of scheduled flights operated from
Vancouver, Canada to Beijing, China from 7 to 11 flights per
week. The new flights are scheduled to begin on May 17, 2013.
The new flight, CA 998 will depart Vancouver on Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:00 AM, arriving into
Beijing Capital Airport at 12:25 PM, the following day. The
returning flight, CA 997, will depart Beijing at 12:00 noon,
every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, arriving into
Vancouver at 8:00 AM the same day. The new flights are in
addition to Air China’s daily flights, CA 992, which departs
Vancouver International Airport at 1:50 PM. All flights to
Vancouver are operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft. 
Xu Junhong (John), Air China’s General Manager in Vancouver
commented, “The additional nonstop morning departures are
expected to be extremely popular with the travelling public. The
early afternoon arrival time into our hub at Beijing’s Capital
Airport, allows for convenient connections to over 90 domestic
destinations in China, as well as more than 40 International
This means an overnight stay in Beijing is not needed to fly
directly to a final destination in Air China’s route network.
In addition, the ongoing encouragement we receive from the
Provincial Government of BC, the Vancouver Airport Authority and
other tourism stakeholders across Canada helped Air China make
the decision to continue to expand our Vancouver to Beijing
flights. The additional flights further boost British Columbia’s
successful Pacific Gateway strategy.” Mr. Xu continued, “The new
flights will also facilitate the upsurge in Chinese tourists as
Canada was granted Approved Destination Status (ADS) more than
one year ago.” 
“Opening and expanding international markets for B.C.’s goods
and services is one of the pillars of the BC jobs plan, and is
supported through the recently released BC Aviation Strategy,”
says Transportation and infrastructure Minister Mary Polak. “In
2012 the BC government eliminated the jet fuel tax for
international flights, allowing the international carriers,
such as Air China, to invest in expansion. Air China’s decision
to expand its service between Beijing and Vancouver is great
news for Canada’s Pacific Gateway and is an example of our
ability to attract a growing share of Asia Pacific passenger and
cargo traffic.” 
Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a member of
the Star Alliance. In addition to commercial operations it also
provides special flight services for the countries’ state
leaders on official visits to other countries. With a fleet of
432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Air China operates 289 routes,
extending throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, as well as
North and South America. Air China offers over 6,900 departures
and 1,100,000 seats each week. 
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