(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. 
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