Air China Limited (“Air China”) will start Beijing – Vienna - Barcelona service on May 5, 2014, giving travelers additional easy access to the "Capital of Music" and the "Flower of Europe".
The new service, flight CA841/2 will be offered four times a week on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The outbound flight will leave Beijing at 02:10 and arrive in Vienna at 06:10 local time and in Barcelona at 09:25 local time. The return flight will leave Barcelona at 11:25 local time and arrive in Vienna at 13:25 local time and in Beijing at 05:55 local time the next day. The service will be operated by a wide body Airbus A330-300. Business Class is outfitted with fully reclining seats. Premium Economy Class offers 120% of the legroom available in standard Economy Class and Premium Economy Class passengers qualify for great mileage deals. Economy Class impresses with its ergonomic seats that make the journey less tiring. Personal entertainment systems are available in all classes of service.
Vienna and Barcelona are two European cities known worldwide for their stunning scenery, rich history, intriguing culture and splendid art treasures. Vienna is hailed as the "Goddess of the Danube", and Barcelona as the "Pearl of the Iberian Peninsula". Vienna exudes classic charm. Stroll along the Danube or walk through Vienna's Golden Hall to look for musical notes in every corner of the City and realize what music means to Vienna. Barcelona, which sits on the shores of the tranquil Mediterranean, is the home of brave matadors. Admire the City's Gothic, Baroque and modern buildings, and watch with excitement the passionate Flamenco dancers.
In the past, there weren’t any nonstop flights linking East Asia and Barcelona, and there have been very few non-stop flights between Beijing and Vienna. With the increasingly close exchanges between China and Europe in recent years, demand for air travel is growing rapidly. According to IATA's projections, Europe's international passenger demand is expected to grow by 4.7% in 2014, and Chinese travelers to Europe have been increasing at high double-digit rates during the past 10 years. Industry experts point out that, in addition to travelers for business, public affairs and academic exchanges, leisure travelers to Europe will become more mainstream and in-depth travel and FIT (free and independent travel) markets will continue to grow. Air China's Beijing – Vienna - Barcelona service will shorten the travel time considerably between East Asia and Central and Southern Europe, sparing passengers the trouble of having to make transfers. It will also offer an additional option to travelers between such cities as Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila, as well as other destinations in Europe.
As a member carrier of the Star Alliance, the world's largest airline network, Air China has been actively expanding its European schedule. Currently, Air China offers more than 100 flights per week between China and Europe, serving major European cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow and Madrid. The Beijing – Vienna - Barcelona service will bring Air China's European routes up to 23, offering access to 19 major European cities and expanding the carrier's European network. It will further improve Air China’s global network, with its hub in Beijing, and make it easier for travelers to transit to other parts of the world via Beijing.
Moreover, Air China also 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 will be a great choice for travelers between China and Europe.