'Smiling China' Kick-starts Service Upgrade

                 'Smiling China' Kick-starts Service Upgrade

  PR Newswire

  BEIJING, April 2, 2013

-- Starting March 31, Air China increased its Beijing-New York service from 7
to 11 times weekly, operating the route with the B777-300ER

BEIJING, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Air China's "Smiling China" aircraft,
which sports the livery of smiling faces, touched down at New York's Kennedy
International Airport at 10:40 on March 31, 2013. The B-2035, one of the
aircraft in Air China's B777-300ER fleet, is the prelude to a new endeavor to
upgrade Beijing-New York operations.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080625/CNW017LOGO )

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130402/CN87049 )

The ceremony was attended by the Consul General of the Peoples' Republic of
China in New York, Mr. Sun Guoxiang, General Manager of Air China North
America, Mr. Chi Zhihang, Director of China's National Tourist Office in New
York, Mr. Xue Yaping, and Deputy General Manager of JFK International Airport,
the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Jeff Pearse, as well as the
inaugural flight's passengers.

Air China's Beijing-New York route – the most important and busiest between
China and the United States – increased from seven to 11 times a week starting
March 31. The newly added flights are CA989/990. The airliner used on the
route was upgraded to B777-300ER, a type popular with business travelers.

In 2012, China was the world's second largest source market for outbound
tourist traffic, and the United States was the most popular destination for
Chinese travelers. Beijing's new policy also allows travelers from 45
countries, including the United States, to stay in Beijing for 72 hours during
flight transfers without a visa. After in-depth market research and based on
its deep understanding of business travelers' needs, Air China added an
additional four weekly Beijing-New York on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and

Efficient and reliable, the B777-300ER is Air China's preferred long-haul
airliner. It features the best cabin interior in Air China's history,
encouraging a relaxing, stress-free travel experience. First and Business
Classes feature lie-flat seats, and personal power outlets and AVOD are
available in all classes of service for passengers' entertainment.

Currently, Air China operates four routes to North America including Beijing
to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. To further cement its
North American foothold, Air China also plans to start direct Beijing–Houston
flights on July 11, 2013, the first service ever to link Beijing with the
southern region of the United States.

Contact: Xingyu Zhao, Marketing Brand Assistant of Air China Limited,
+86-10-61462395, or zhaoxingyu@airchina.com
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.