(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 ready to make new connections on May 17, 2013 May 01, 2013 … Vancouver B.C. Canada. Air China, the official flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China will increase the number of scheduled flights operated from Vancouver Canada, to Beijing China, from 7 to 11 flights per week. The additional flights are scheduled to begin on May 17, 2013. Xu Junhong (John), Air China’s General Manager in Vancouver commented, “The teams at Air China have been working hard on preparations to ensure our additional flights operate on time and smoothly. I am very pleased to report that all preparations are complete and we are officially counting down to our May 17th start date.” When asked about the preparations which are required, Mr. Xu replied. “On the operational side there are numerous items, such as the filing of the flights and schedules with Government regulatory agencies, securing departure and arrival slot times at the airports, check-in counters, departure and arrival gates, overfly rights, catering and additional staffing. Of course, the sales and marketing activities are as equally important, we have put extra emphasis on advising the travel trade, as well as increasing our advertising spend to ensure we have top of mind awareness with our valued customers.” 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 depart Vancouver International Airport at 1:50 PM. All flights to Vancouver are operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Mr. Xu concluded “Our new flights are departing Vancouver in the morning and will arrive into our Beijing hub in the early afternoon, which means customers travelling on Air China will be able to make convenient connections to more than 90 cities within China and to more than 40 international destinations. Some of the new same-day connections are to Seoul, three destinations in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, as well as Melbourne and Sydney in Australia. The flights will also cater to the many Chinese tourists and business people travelling to Canada. According to the latest report from Statistics Canada, the number of Chinese nationals visiting Canada raised from 12,718 in February 2012, to 20,850 in February 2013, an increase of 79.7%.” 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. For more information, please visit www.airchina.ca or contact David Solloway at firstname.lastname@example.org. (kgt)NY #<630990.1895422.214.171.124.0.76>#
AIR CHINA TO BOOST VANCOUVER, B.C.-BEIJING FLIGHTS ON MAY 17
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