(March 14, 2014, Beijing) Air China Limited (“Air China”) will launch non-stop service between Beijing and Washington on June 10, 2014, making Washington the 7th North American destination that Air China serves alongside New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Honolulu and Vancouver. It will further expand the carrier's North American schedule and cement its presence in the North American market, offering a new bridge for exchanges between the capitals of two nations.
The new flight, CA817/8 will be offered four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday served by the Boeing777-300ER aircraft. The outbound flight will leave Beijing at 13:00 and arrive in Washington at 14:35 local time. The return flight will leave Washington at 16:35 local time and arrive in Beijing at 18:15 Beijing time the following day.
As the political center of the United States, Washington is home to the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and many other government offices. In contrast to New York or Chicago where towering skyscrapers and bustling traffic set the scene, Washington impresses with its clean streets, magnificent architecture and diverse cultural facilities, and is dotted with parks and lawns. The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, the Washington Opera House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and nine universities including Georgetown University add a strong cultural flavor to the city.
North America is the world's largest and most well-established aviation market, while China is the world's most promising, fastest growing aviation market. In 2012, the number of available seats and passengers on Sino-US flights reached 4.52 million and 3.89 million respectively, up 60.9% and 85.2% compared with 2009. Also in 2012, the United States became one of the most appealing tourist destinations abroad for Chinese travelers, and the United States enjoyed the highest growth rate for Chinese visitor arrivals compared with other parts of the world. Data from the U.S. Embassy in China show non-immigrant visa applications to the United States in 2012 jumped over 20% compared with 2011.
To meet the strong demand for travel to the United States and improve its global route network with the hub in Beijing, Air China has been expanding its presence in the United States market. Air China has increased its Beijing - New York service to 11 times weekly and Beijing - Los Angeles to twice daily, and has introduced non-stop Beijing - Houston and Beijing - Honolulu services. The launch of the Beijing - Washington service means that all five routes to the United States, from Beijing to New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco and the forthcoming Beijing to Washington route will fly wide body Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) aircraft, a popular choice of business travelers worldwide. Its First Class and Business Class are outfitted with fully reclining seats and a central bar. Personal entertainment systems, personal power outlets and barrier-free restrooms are available in all classes of service. The mood lighting system features various lighting schemes that simulate wonderful moments from sunrise to sunset, and allow passengers to adjust the environment for more comfortable personal flight space.
Moreover, Air China offers travelers gourmet meals and wine selections from the Sky Cellar in-flight; and chauffeured airport to city transfers for VIPs on the ground. With a comfortable cabin environment and attentive services, Air China is a great choice for travelers between China and the United States.