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-

Jan 30, 2013, 10:04 ET from Air China

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A special treat awaits China and Asia-bound travelers from New York on March 31, 2013 when Air China, China's exclusive national flag carrier, upgrades to the state of the art Boeing 777-300ER and increases its frequency from 7 to 11 per week for nonstop New York-Beijing flights.

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"Adding new flights is a response to a consistently growing passenger demand for more convenient nonstop services between New York and Beijing," 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.  The additional outbound flight, CA 990, departs 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 and arrives in New York at 10:20 AM local time 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 and delivers better fuel performance.

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 comfort, the interior of Air China's B777-300ER feature ten mood lighting variations in the Forbidden and Capital Pavilions timed to complement the different phases of a flight.

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. 

SOURCE Air China