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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Air China Ups Widebody Capacity for US Routes

Chelsea Bryan

Air China will upgrade the aircraft it flies on U.S. routes to 777-300ER jets as of Feb. 11, 2014. At that time, all its routes to continental U.S. destinations San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston will be flown on the Boeing widebody aircraft Air China announced Monday, Dec. 30.

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Surges in tourist and business traveler numbers in recent years created the need for higher seat capacity and Air China will continue to increase capacity by expanding the route network.
Capacity is up 33 percent for the period from summer 2013 through spring 2014, with flights between Beijing and New York up to 11 per week as of March 31, 2013 and flights between Beijing and Los Angeles to two per day. Air China established nonstop Beijing-Houston service as of July 11 and on Jan. 21, 2014 the company will launch a route to Hawaii, becoming the first carrier to operate between Beijing and that island.
The B777-300ER is Air China’s most luxurious cabin interior, with 180-degree full-flat seats in first and business class and power outlets and entertainment systems throughout the whole aircraft.
Air China’s largest aircraft currently flying the SFO to PEK route is the 347-seat B747-4.


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