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Air China
中国国际航空公司
Zhōngguó Guójì Hángkōng Gōngsī
IATA
CA
ICAO
CCA
Callsign
AIR CHINA
Founded 1988
Hubs
Focus cities
Frequent flyer program Air China Companion or Phoenix Miles
Member lounge VIP Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 229 (+82 orders) incl. cargo
Destinations 185
Parent company China National Aviation Holding Company
Headquarters Beijing, China
Key people Li Jiaxiang, Chairman
Cai Jianjiang, President
Website: www.airchina.com.cn

Air China Ltd (SEHK: 0753, LSE: AIRC, SSE: 601111) (simplified Chinese: 中国国际航空公司, Pinyin: Zhōngguó Guójì Hángkōng Gōngsī, literally "Chinese International Aviation Company", abbreviated 国航) is the People's Republic of China's state owned and second-largest commercial airline after China Southern Airlines. It is the flag carrier and the only airline to fly the national flag on its entire fleet. Its logo consists of a phoenix in the form of the acronym VIP, and "Air China" in both English and Chinese, which was autographed by Deng Xiaoping. It operates 5,090 flights each week worldwide and is also the 18th largest airline in the world by fleet size. IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... 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In the airline industry, a focus city is a location that is not a hub, but from which the airline has flights to at least several destinations other than its hubs. ... Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (IATA: HGH, ICAO: ZSHC) (Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is the principal airport serving Hangzhou, a major city in the Yangtze River Delta region and the provincial capital of Zhejiang. ... Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (Simplified Chinese: 重庆江北国际机场, Traditional Chinese: 重慶江北國際機場, Pinyin: Chóngqìng JiāngbÄ›i Guójì JÄ«chÇŽng) (IATA: CKG, ICAO: ZUCK) is an airport located in Chongqing, Peoples Republic of China. ... Tianjin Binhai International Airport is an airport located east of Tianjin, China in Dongli District. ... Hohhot Baita International Airport (呼和浩特白塔国际机场) is an airport in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China (IATA: HET, ICAO: ZBHH). ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... 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There are several methods to measure the size of an airline, so several different lists of the worlds largest airlines are available. ...


Air China's main hubs are Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, with other focus cities at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Hohhot Baita International Airport.[1] Out of all Asian airlines, Air China currently flies to approximately 120 destinations; the most destinations from its own Beijing hub. Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ... Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA: (CTU, ICAO: ZUUU) Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is the major airport in Chengdu, China. ... Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) (SSE: 600009) (Simplified Chinese上海浦东国际机场, Traditional Chinese 上海浦東國際機場, pinyin ShànghÇŽi PÇ”dōng Guójì JÄ«cháng) is an airport located in the eastern part of Pudong district of Shanghai, China. ... Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (IATA: HGH, ICAO: ZSHC) (Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is the principal airport serving Hangzhou, a major city in the Yangtze River Delta region and the provincial capital of Zhejiang. ... Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (Simplified Chinese: 重庆江北国际机场, Traditional Chinese: 重慶江北國際機場, Pinyin: Chóngqìng JiāngbÄ›i Guójì JÄ«chÇŽng) (IATA: CKG, ICAO: ZUCK) is an airport located in Chongqing, Peoples Republic of China. ... Tianjin Binhai International Airport is an airport located east of Tianjin, China in Dongli District. ... Hohhot Baita International Airport (呼和浩特白塔国际机场) is an airport in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China (IATA: HET, ICAO: ZBHH). ...


The airline flew 33.97 million passengers in 2006, with a passenger load factor of 75.9%. In the same year, it made a profit of 2.7 billion yuan, with an operating revenue of 44.9 billion yuan and total expenses standing at 42.4 billion yuan.[2] It has been suggested that Chinese yuan be merged into this article or section. ...


It is the 4th largest airline in Asia, 5th largest in the world in terms of domestic cargo traffic and 17th largest airline in the world by terms of fleet size.


On June 20, 2007, Air China was ranked 461 out of the Worlds Top 500 Brands, an accolade in which Air China is the only airline known to be on the top 500.[3] is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

Contents

History

An Air China A340 departing from Shanghai Pudong International Airport
An Air China A340 departing from Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Air China was established on July 1, 1988. Its formation was a result of the government's decision to split the operating divisions of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) into separate airlines. [4] The CAAC was restructured in late 1987 and divided into six airlines, namely Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, China Northern, China Southwest, and China Northwest. Air China, based in Beijing, was given chief responsibility for intercontinental flights, and took over the CAAC's long haul aircraft (Boeing 747s, 767s, and 707s, as well as medium-haul 737s) and routes when it was granted its autonomy on July 1, 1988. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 369 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,257 × 1,041 pixels, file size: 823 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 369 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,257 × 1,041 pixels, file size: 823 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) (SSE: 600009) (Simplified Chinese上海浦东国际机场, Traditional Chinese 上海浦東國際機場, pinyin ShànghÇŽi PÇ”dōng Guójì JÄ«cháng) is an airport located in the eastern part of Pudong district of Shanghai, China. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Known by the acronym CAAC, with the official name of General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (中国民用航空总局, pinyin Zhongguo Renyong Hangkong Zongju). ... China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (中国东方航空股份有限公司) is an airline based in Shanghai, China. ... China Southern Airlines (中国南方航空) is an airline based in Guangzhou in the Guangdong province of the Peoples Republic of China. ... China Northern Airlines, based in Shenyang, China has a fleet of Airbus A300s, McDonnell Douglas MD-80s, McDonnell Douglas MD-90s and Airbus A321s. ... China Southwest Airlines is an airline based in the Peoples Republic of China. ... China Northwest Airlines is an airline based in the Peoples Republic of China. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


At the time of its launch 1988, Air China had 6,000 employees and served 31 international and 30 domestic destinations. It was China's largest airline company and the national flag carrier. In 1989, Air China posted a net profit of $106 million on revenues of $383 million. In that same year, Air China entered a joint venture with Lufthansa, which provided 40 percent of the capital, or $220 million, to create the Beijing Aircraft Maintenance Center (Ameco Beijing). It specialized in the upkeep of the Boeing aircraft that comprised Air China's fleet.[5] The venture was expanded with another $218 million (¥n1.2 billion) in 1992. Ameco Beijing employed nearly 4,000 people, a little fewer than 50 of them from Lufthansa.[6] Air Transport World reported the company preferred to source its needs through joint ventures due to the country's lack of hard currency.[7] Its Beijing Air Catering was 40 percent owned by a large Hong Kong caterer.[8] Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) (pronounced ) is the largest airline in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried (second is Air France - KLM), and the flag carrier of Germany. ... The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA, TYO: 7661) is a major aerospace and defense corporation, originally founded by William Edward Boeing. ... A joint venture (often abbreviated JV) is an entity formed between two or more parties to undertake economic activity together. ... Hard currency or strong currency, in economics, refers to a globally traded currency that can serve as a reliable and stable store of value. ...

Air China terminal (Beijing Hub) at Beijing Capital International Airport on a day of hazy smog (background)

Operating revenues for Air China were $1.05 billion in 1994, producing a net income of $36 million.[9] Further deregulation of the aviation business took place in 1994, enabling foreign investment in airports and facilitating the import of aircraft built outside mainland China.[10] By 1996 the country had 108 airports with scheduled airline services and around 30 different airlines. In 1997, the airline reported sales of $1.38 billion (¥n11.5 billion). The fleet had grown to 65 aircraft and the carrier was flying 144 routes overall. By October 1997, Air China was planning a public stock offering.[11] China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines had listed on the Hong Kong and New York exchanges earlier in the year. Air China delayed plans based due to poor financial performance and a downturn in business caused by the Asian financial crisis. About 16 million passengers flew Air China in 1998. Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ... For other uses, see Smog (disambiguation). ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... Deregulation is the process by which governments remove, reduce, or simplify restrictions on business and individuals in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ... ... In financial markets, an initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of a companys common shares to public investors. ... The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... The Asian financial crisis was a financial crisis that started in July 1997 in Thailand and affected currencies, stock markets, and other asset prices in several Asian countries, many considered East Asian Tigers. ...


Rumors of a state-prompted merger between Air China and China Southern Airlines abounded in 1999.[12] By this time, China Southern, based in the commercial center of Guangzhou, had become the country's largest carrier. At the time, China had 30 airlines, and Beijing wanted to group them into several, more globally competitive units. Altogether, mainland airlines lost more than ¥n6 billion in 1998. Flight International observed that a merger with China Southern could give Air China access to the Hong Kong and New York stock markets. China Southern Airlines (中国南方航空公司) (SEHK: 1055, NYSE: ZNH) is an airline based in Guangzhou in the Guangdong province of the Peoples Republic of China. ... CITIC Plaza Guangzhou (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; jyutping : Gwong²zau¹) is the capital and a sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Flight International (or Flight) is a leading global aerospace weekly. ... A stock market or (equity market) is a private or public market for the trading of company stock and derivatives of company stock at an agreed price; both of these are securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those only traded privately. ...

Air China Boeing 737-800 painted with Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics livery at Beijing Capital International Airport
Air China Boeing 737-800 painted with Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics livery at Beijing Capital International Airport

The October 1999 opening of a new terminal (Beijing Hub) at Beijing Capital International Airport, where Air China operated the vast majority of flights, promised not only to relieve travelers of cramped conditions but also to allow Air China to devote more resources to its lucrative ground handling business for international carriers. One-fifth of Air China's 15,000 employees worked in ground handling.[13] 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... The 2008 Summer Olympics (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated from August 8, 2008, to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony commencing at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium in... Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ... Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ...


Although the Chinese aviation industry as a whole was expected to earn ¥n1 billion ($120 million) in profits in 1999, Air China and other individual airlines were struggling to break even and mitigate their collective losses of 1998, which totaled $300 million. Air China was not publicly traded and was not quite as open with its own sales figures as China Eastern and China Southern.


To demonstrate the airline's faith in its Y2K preparations, Air China chief Wang Li'an and several other top officers personally piloted several flights at the turn of the millennium. As reported in the China Daily, this decision generated a considerable amount of positive publicity in China. Wang had worked for the CAAC for more than 40 years before being appointed Air China's director-general in early 1999.[14] The year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug) was a flaw in computer program design that caused some date-related processing to operate incorrectly for dates and times on and after January 1, 2000. ... It has been suggested that China Daily Hong Kong Edition be merged into this article or section. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Look up publicity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Early in 2000, Air China teamed with China National Aviation Co. Group (CNAC), the CAAC's Hong Kong-listed commercial arm, to establish a Hong Kong branch (95% owned by Air China). Direct flights to London from Hong Kong soon began. Air China faced competition at its home base from Air France, which increased its four flights a week to Beijing, begun in 1997, to daily service. British Airways also wanted to increase its frequencies (it was operating 18 flights a week to China).[15] This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Air France (formally Société Air France) is Europes largest airline company. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...


In mid-2000, the CAAC repeated earlier calls for a consolidation of the ten airlines it controlled into three.[16] (Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern were to each acquire the smaller airlines.) Apart from the ten CAAC airlines, there were another 24 smaller carriers that had been formed by provincial or private interests.)[17] Price wars had proved so destructive that the government banned discounting.[18] However, no deadlines or plans for financial support for ailing carriers were made.[19] To aggravate the airlines' financial troubles, the CAAC blocked a proposed merger in September 2000 between Air China and China Southern on anti-competitive grounds.[20] Price war is a term used in business to indicate a state of intense competitive rivalry accompanied by a multi-lateral series of price reductions. ... In finance, discounting is the process of finding the current value of an amount of cash at some future date, and along with compounding cash form the basis of time value of money calculations. ...


In January 2001, the CAAC's ten airlines announced they had agreed on a merger plan.[21] Air China was to acquire China Southwest Airlines and China International Airlines, the country's fourth strongest domestic airline. This was to create a group with assets of ¥n56 billion (HK$ 52.5 billion), including 118 aircraft.[22] On October 28, 2002, Air China consolidated with China National Aviation Corporation and China Southwest Airlines. China Southwest Airlines is an airline based in the Peoples Republic of China. ... China Airlines (CAL, Chinese: 中華航空, commonly abbreviated 華航) is the state-owned airline of the Republic of China and is based in Taipei, Taiwan (not to be confused with Air China, which is owned by the Peoples Republic of China). ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... China National Aviation Corporation CNAC Logo, taken from CNAC Zhejiang Branch aircraft, which was merged with Air China. ... China Southwest Airlines is an airline based in the Peoples Republic of China. ...


During 2004 as part of a consolidation of the Chinese aviation industry, Air China absorbed Zhejiang Airlines (a subsidiary of CNAC). On 15 December 2004 the company listed its shares on the Hong Kong and London Stock Exchanges. Air China has shareholdings in Air China Cargo (51%), Air Macau (51%) and also holds majority shares of Shandong Airlines. Zhejiang Airlines was an airline based in the Peoples Republic of China. ... China National Aviation Corporation CNAC Logo, taken from CNAC Zhejiang Branch aircraft, which was merged with Air China. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Source by Greyworld, in the new LSE building Paternoster Square. ... Air China Cargo is a cargo airline based in Beijing, China. ... Air Macau (Chinese:澳門航空), is an airline based in Macau. ... Shandong Airlines is an airline based in Jinan, Peoples Republic of China. ...


In March 2005, Air China was in talks with Swire Group, the largest shareholder of Cathay Pacific, for talks with Air China acquiring Cathay Pacific, and Cathay Pacific acquiring a majority stake of Dragonair. In return, the Swire Group would become the largest individual shareholder of Air China's parent company. Both airlines subsequently announced that the airlines will not merge completely in the foreseeable future, and Swire expressed its commitment in remaining as the largest shareholder of Cathay Pacific. It was also announced that Air China would cooperate with Cathay Pacific by codesharing flights in late 2005, and would partner with Asia Miles in the second-half of 2005. The Swire Group is a transnational corporation headquartered in London, England. ... Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (traditional Chinese: ; SEHK: 0293, OTCBB: CPCAY) is the largest airline and flag carrier of Hong Kong. ... For other uses of this term, see Dragonair. ... Code sharing is a business term which first originated in the airline industry. ... Asia Miles (Chinese: 亞洲萬里通) is a frequent flyer programme of Cathay Pacific. ...


As of January 2005, Air China is owned by China National Aviation Holding Company (CNAH) (69%), public floatation (21%) and Cathay Pacific (10%). On May 22, 2006, Air China signed an agreement with Lufthansa and was officially invited to join Star Alliance, a rival airline alliance of Oneworld, of which Cathay Pacific is a member. A few days later on June 9, 2006, a joint announcement revealed a new shareholding structure in which Air China will acquire a 17.5% stake in Cathay Pacific, while the latter will own 20% of the former. is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) (pronounced ) is the largest airline in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried (second is Air France - KLM), and the flag carrier of Germany. ... All Nippon Airways Aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 South African Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery, seen in 2006 US Airways Express (Republic Airlines) Embraer 170 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Star Alliance livery Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, with the following points of... An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate for the foreseeable future on a substantial level. ... For other uses, see Oneworld (disambiguation). ... is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


There are still ongoing plans for Air China to acquire a stake of China Eastern Airlines and to expand its presence at Shanghai. China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (Simplified Chinese: ) (SSE: 600115 SEHK: 0670 NYSE: CEA) is an airline based in Shanghai, China. ...


Operations

Air China operates in four segments:[23]

  • Airline Operations segment, which comprises the provision of air passenger and air cargo services;
  • Engineering Services segment, providing aircraft engineering services, such as aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services;
  • Airport Terminal Services segment, offering ground services that include check-in services, boarding services, premium class lounge services, ramp services, luggage handling services, loading and unloading services, cabin cleaning and transit services,
  • Others segment, which comprises the provision of air catering services and other airline-related services.

Subsidiaries

  • Air China Cargo, flight logistics company
  • Air China Business Jet, business jet company

Air China Cargo is a cargo airline based in Beijing, China. ...

Financial performance

For fiscal year ending December, 2006:

  • Sales: $5,747.4M
  • One year growth: 21.1%
  • Net income: $422.7M
  • Income growth: 38.1%

Destinations

An Air China Airbus A330-200 in Star Alliance livery, landing at Vancouver International Airport
An Air China Airbus A330-200 in Star Alliance livery, landing at Vancouver International Airport

Air China's route network extends from China to Asia, Middle East, Western Europe, North America and South America. The majority of the routes operate from its Beijing hub. It currently operates a significant number of Asian, Australian and European destinations from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. This will also extend to North America when it adds an additional San Francisco service, complementing its service from Beijing and complementing United Airlines codeshares on the route. It also has some international routes operating and connecting from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, Madrid Barajas International Airport, Nanning Wuxu International Airport and Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. Air Canada Airbus A330 The Airbus A330 is a large_capacity medium_to_long_range commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Airbus. ... All Nippon Airways Aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 South African Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery, seen in 2006 US Airways Express (Republic Airlines) Embraer 170 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Star Alliance livery Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, with the following points of... Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR, ICAO: CYVR) is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 15 kilometres from downtown Vancouver. ... This is a list of destinations served currently by Air China. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... A current understanding of Western Europe. ... North American redirects here. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Peking redirects here. ... Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) (SSE: 600009) (Simplified Chinese上海浦东国际机场, Traditional Chinese 上海浦東國際機場, pinyin ShànghÇŽi PÇ”dōng Guójì JÄ«cháng) is an airport located in the eastern part of Pudong district of Shanghai, China. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA: (CTU, ICAO: ZUUU) Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is the major airport in Chengdu, China. ... Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (Simplified Chinese: 重庆江北国际机场, Traditional Chinese: 重慶江北國際機場, Pinyin: Chóngqìng JiāngbÄ›i Guójì JÄ«chÇŽng) (IATA: CKG, ICAO: ZUCK) is an airport located in Chongqing, Peoples Republic of China. ... Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (Simplified Chinese: 大连周水子国际机场, Traditional Chinese: 大連周水子國際機場, Pinyin: Dàlián Zhōushuǐzǐ Guójì JÄ«chÇŽng) (IATA: DLC, ICAO: ZYTL) is an airport in Ganjingzi District, Dalian, China. ... Interior view of Dubai International Airport Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) (Arabic: مطار دبي الدولي) is the international airport serving Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates. ... Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (IATA: HGH, ICAO: ZSHC) (Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is the principal airport serving Hangzhou, a major city in the Yangtze River Delta region and the provincial capital of Zhejiang. ... Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (IATA: KMG, ICAO: ZPPP) is an airport located in Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples Republic of China. ... New Terminal 4 Interior Madrid Barajas International Airport (IATA: MAD, ICAO: LEMD), located northeast of Madrids city center, is the most important international and domestic gateway in Spain, the Iberian Peninsula and southern Europe. ... Nanning Wuxu International Airport is an airport in Nanning, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China (IATA: NNG, ICAO: ZGNN). ... Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Xiàmén Gāoqí Guójì JÄ«chÇŽng) (IATA: XMN, ICAO: ZSAM) is the primary international gateway in Xiamen, Fujian. ...


In the past, it has operated a Beijing-San Francisco-New York Service but it was replaced with non-stop Beijing-New York service after several trials of flying over the north pole, cutting the time by 3 hours. In the past, Air China operated service to Berlin, Belgrade, Istanbul, Manila, Nagasaki, Seattle and Zurich from Beijing but later discontinued in the mid 1990's. Copenhagen service was discontinued in 2002 (currently operated by SAS), Vienna service was discontinued in 2005 and it is currently operated by Austrian Airlines (although Austrian discontinued service to Shanghai in 2007). The Beijing-Milan sector had been discontinued in 2005 after increasing capacity on the Beijing-Rome routes. However, services to Berlin, Istanbul, Milan, Vienna, and Zurich are set to restart between 2008 and 2009. Air China also operated a Beijing-Guangzhou-Melbourne-Sydney-Guangzhou-Beijing trip, operated by a Boeing 777-200 but due to the range of the new Airbus A330-200 and also increasing capacity on the other Beijing-Shanghai-Melbourne/Sydney routes, which were upgraded in December 2006. The Guangzhou hub was also taken off. Peking redirects here. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... For other uses, see Belgrade (disambiguation). ... Location of Istanbul on the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey Coordinates: , Country Turkey Region Province Istanbul Founded 667 BC as Byzantium Roman/Byzantine period AD 330 as Nova Roma (original name given in 330 and used during Constantines reign) and later Constantinople (following Constantines death in 337) Ottoman period 1453... For other meanings of the word, see Manila (disambiguation). ... Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) Nagasaki   listen? (長崎市; -shi, literally long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture located at the south-western coast of Kyushu, Japan. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ... For other uses, see Copenhagen (disambiguation). ... Look up sas, SAS in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ... Airbus A320 Fokker 70 (superseded colour scheme) Airbus A321-100 landing Austrian Airlines AG is the flag carrier airline of Austria, headquartered in Vienna. ... For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ... Peking redirects here. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... Location of Istanbul on the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey Coordinates: , Country Turkey Region Province Istanbul Founded 667 BC as Byzantium Roman/Byzantine period AD 330 as Nova Roma (original name given in 330 and used during Constantines reign) and later Constantinople (following Constantines death in 337) Ottoman period 1453... For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ... Location within Switzerland   Zürich[?] (German pronunciation IPA: ; usually spelled Zurich in English) is the largest city in Switzerland (population: 366,145 in 2004; population of urban area: 1,091,732) and capital of the canton of Zürich. ... CITIC Plaza Guangzhou (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; jyutping : Gwong²zau¹) is the capital and a sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the Peoples Republic of China. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... American Airlines Boeing 777. ... Air Canada Airbus A330 The Airbus A330 is a large_capacity medium_to_long_range commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Airbus. ... CITIC Plaza Guangzhou (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin:  ; jyutping : Gwong²zau¹) is the capital and a sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the Peoples Republic of China. ...


Today, Air China is increasing its international presence, starting service on 13 new routes between 2008/9. Recently, Air China has upgraded service to Vancouver to A330-200. After the launch of the new Beijing-Dubai-Athens route, it is considering upgrading the route with A330-200. Service to Warsaw, Poland nonstop from Beijing will be historic, as Air China will be the first international airline to opearte long haul flights to Warsaw, besides LOT, although it will compete with it's partner from the alliance(Star Alliance) on the route, 7x per week instead of LOT's 3x per week (end June 2008). For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Location of Dubai in the UAE Coordinates: , Country Emirate Dubai Incorporated (town) June 9, 1833 Incorporated (emirate) December 2, 1971 Founder Maktoum bin Bati bin Suhail (1833) Seat Dubai Subdivisions Towns and villages Jebel Ali Hatta Al Hunaiwah Al Aweer Al Hajarain Al Lusayli Al Marqab Al Shindagha Al Faq... This article is about the capital of Greece. ... Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa, see also other names, in full The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish: Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and its largest city. ... Lot is: Place Specific - A French département, see Lot (département) A French river, a tributary of the Garonne, see Lot River A Belgian town, see Lot, Belgium A Polish Airline, see LOT Polish Airlines Character Specific - A Biblical figure, the nephew of Abraham, see Lot (Biblical) Lot, a... All Nippon Airways Aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 South African Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery, seen in 2006 US Airways Express (Republic Airlines) Embraer 170 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Star Alliance livery Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, with the following points of...


As of December 1, 2007, Air China began flying non-stop from Beijing to Australia. In the past, all of the routes stopped at Shanghai/Guangzhou and then continued to Melbourne/Sydney. Air China delinked Sydney from Melbourne to offer a direct Beijing-Shanghai-Melbourne. Beijing-Shanghai-Sydney was reduced from daily to 4 times weekly.[24] In the past, the service between Australia and China have been operated by Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 767-300ER. is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On December 10, 2006, it made its first flight to São Paulo (via Madrid), which became its first South American destination. The service began with the Boeing 767-300 aircraft but because of its popularity, the service has been upgraded to A330-200. This is currently Air China's longest route. Guarulhos International Airport (IATA: GRU, ICAO: SBGR), officially known as Aeroporto Internacional de São Paulo/Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro, is an airport that serves São Paulo, Brazil, located in Guarulhos municipality, 22 km northeast of the São Paulo city centre. ... This article is about the Spanish capital. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... The Boeing 767 is a commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... Air Canada Airbus A330 The Airbus A330 is a large_capacity medium_to_long_range commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Airbus. ...


Once more A330's are being delivered, then the Boeing 747-400's will be deployed to North American routes, with Los Angeles, to add 2nd daily service. The A330's will be used on European services, as well as Vancouver, São Paulo and Australia. According to a speech, it is known that Air China will be ordering 15 Boeing 777-300ER's, but the date of delivery is unknown. These aircraft will be used for further expansion of routes to North America and Europe. The Boeing 747-400 is the latest version of the Boeing 747 in service. ... The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine airliners built by Boeings Commercial Airplanes division. ...


Routes to Australia, Frankfurt, Madrid and São Paulo currently operated by Airbus A330-200 may be replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be used on flights to Toronto and Washington, D.C. when they are launched. For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Spanish capital. ... This article is about the city. ... The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a mid-sized, wide-body, twin engine jet airliner currently under development by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ...


Air China is launching many flights to cities in Europe, as it believes these services will become very popular in the coming years. The airline has already stated they are happy to make losses on these routes at first, but hopefully they will build up a good brand image in Europe, so as to make them a premier choice for those flying to China. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Fleet

Passenger

As of May 2008, Air China fleet includes the following aircraft:

Air China Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(First/Business/Ecomomy)
Routes Notes
Airbus A319-100 33
(2 orders)
128 (8/120) Domestic, Asia
Airbus A320-200 6 164 (8/156) Domestic, Asia
Airbus A321-200 3
(21 orders)
185 (16/169) Domestic
Airbus A330-200 16
(4 orders)
283 (12/271)
240 (36/215)
Domestic, Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt,
Paris, Vancouver, São Paulo , Madrid, Hongkong
Features new business class
Two in Star Alliance Livery (B-6091, B-6093)
Airbus A340-300 6 255 (8/28/219) Domestic, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow Features new first and business class
Boeing 737-300 41 128 (8/120) Domestic, Asia
Boeing 737-600 6 110 (8/102) Domestic
Boeing 737-700 20 126 (8/118) Domestic, Asia
Boeing 737-800 40
(20 orders)
167 (8/159) Domestic, Asia B-5176 in Olympic livery
Boeing 747-400 4 344 (10/42/292)
346 (10/42/294)
Domestic, Shanghai, New York-JFK Features new first and business class
Boeing 747-400M 8 307 (18/40/249)
280 (10/24/246)
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris-CDG, Rome-Fiuminicino, Frankfurt Being retrofitted to feature new first and business class
Boeing 757-200 12 200 (8/192) 201 (8/193) Domestic, Asia
Boeing 767-200ER 3 214 (18/196) Domestic, Dubai, Busan
Boeing 767-300 3 225 (10/26/189) Southeast Asia
Boeing 767-300ER 3 225 (10/26/189) Munich, Stockholm, Dubai, Athens
Boeing 777-200 10 345 (49/296)
314 (12/49/253)
Domestic, Seoul-Incheon, Tokyo-Narita, Singapore, Munich, Moscow
Boeing 777-300ER (15 orders)[1] Entry into Service: Unknown
Boeing 787-8 (15 orders) Entry into service: 2009

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Cargo

See also: Air China Cargo

A cargo subsidiary of Air China, Air China Cargo, operates the following aircraft as of November 2007: Air China Cargo is a cargo airline based in Beijing, China. ... Air China Cargo is a cargo airline based in Beijing, China. ...

Air China Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 747-200F 4
Boeing 747-400F 5
Tupolev Tu-204-120C 1 (5 orders)

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Air China has two other business jets: one Gulfstream IV and one Bombardier Learjet 45. Business jet, private jet or, in slang, bizjet is a term describing a jet aircraft, usually of modest size, designed for transporting small groups of business people for commercial reasons at a time convenient to their business needs. ... Gulfstream G400 The Gulfstream G400 (formerly marketed as the Gulfstream IV) is a private jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, Georgia, a General Dynamics company. ... Bombardier Aerospace is a division of the Bombardier group. ... The Learjet 45 aircraft is a mid-sized business jet produced by Bombardier Aerospace. ...


Aircraft orders

Air China has signed agreements with:

  • Airbus, on July 21, 2005, for the purchase of 20 Trent 700 powered Airbus A330-200 aircraft, scheduled for delivery from May 2006.
  • Boeing, on August 8, 2005, for the purchase of 15 Boeing 787 aircraft for delivery from mid-2008 to end 2010. Sources also report that Air China may even become the 2nd carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 787-8, shortly after All Nippon Airways.
  • Airbus, on June 2006, for the purchase of 24 Airbus A320s. These aircraft are to be delivered between 2007 and 2010. However, Air China has no plans to order the Airbus A380 in their fleet, because they think that it just makes more sense by using one kind of Jumbo jet. Before, Airbus has stated that Air China were to be the next few customers to order the A380, however, it may order the A380 superjumbo since they did not have a plan to rule out purchases of the big Airbus plane in the future.

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  • Boeing, on January 17, 2006, for the purchase of 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft for delivery from end 2007 to end 2008.

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Previously operated

Passenger Fleet:

  • Antonov An-12 (1988 – 1997)
  • Boeing 707 (1988 – 1996)
  • Boeing 747SP (1988 – 1999)
  • BAe 146 (1992 – 2003)
  • Hawker Siddeley Trident (1988 – 1994)
  • Tupolev Tu-154B (1988 – 1997)
  • Xian Y-7 (1989 – 1996)

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  • Lockheed L-100 Hercules (1988 – 2001)

The Lockheed L-100 Hercules is the less successful civilian variant of the prolific C-130 military transport aircraft. ...

Codeshare agreements

Air China's B757-200 plane with the new Star Alliance logo, seen at Beijing Capital International Airport in December, 2007

Air China officially joined Star Alliance on December 12, 2007. This move greatly expanded the Alliance's presence in China. All Nippon Airways Aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 South African Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery, seen in 2006 US Airways Express (Republic Airlines) Embraer 170 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Star Alliance livery Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, with the following points of... Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ... All Nippon Airways Aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 South African Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery, seen in 2006 US Airways Express (Republic Airlines) Embraer 170 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Star Alliance livery Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, with the following points of... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


With the Alliance's "Under One Roof" initiative, all Star Alliance members have moved their operation to the Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport, Air China's main international hub. This new terminal is divided into 3 sections, with T3C housing all domestic flights operated by Air China and Shanghai Airlines and T3E housing all Star Alliance international flights. The two sections are connected by a high-speed inter-terminal train. Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ...


As of April 2008, Air China had codeshare agreements with the following airlines: This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Former codeshare agreements

  • Northwest Airlines (began 1996, terminated in 2002): Detroit to Beijing and Shanghai (operated by Northwest Airlines). After NWA terminated non-stop flights to China, Air China decided to terminate the codeshare between the two airlines.
  • Qantas (began 2006, terminated 2008): Blocked Codeshare on Qantas' Beijing-Sydney route. After Air China initiated non-stop Beijing-Sydney service, Air China has terminated the Qantas Codeshare.
  • Varig (suspended in 2006 due to collapse): Beijing to Frankfurt (operated by Air China) and Frankfurt to São Paulo (operated by Varig). However, Air China itself began flying to São Paulo via Madrid in December 2006.

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Air China Companion

Air China lounge (next to the bamboos) at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport, the airline's main hub
Air China lounge (next to the bamboos) at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport, the airline's main hub

Air China Companion is the frequent flyer program for Air China. This is the first frequent flyer program to be launched in China. It was designed to allow frequent flyers travelling internationally and domestically with Air China and its partner airlines.[26] Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ...


Members earn accumulated mileage points for awarded tickets on Air China and other partner flights. There are flight mileages and partner mileages. Flight mileages are for members flying with Air China while partner mileages are for members taking Partner Airlines of Air China. The companion card may be upgraded to VIP status. There are special redemption rates for VIP members – Gold card members and Platinum card Members.

  • Gold card members: members will earn 25% mileage bonus on credited flight mileage.
  • Platinum card members: members will earn 50% mileage bonus on credited flight mileage.

Partners

In addition to its Star Alliance partners, Air China has frequent flyer partnerships with the following airlines: All Nippon Airways Aircraft with Star Alliance livery seen in 2006 South African Airways aircraft with Star Alliance livery, seen in 2006 US Airways Express (Republic Airlines) Embraer 170 at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Star Alliance livery Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance, with the following points of...

Air China has reportedly outsourced their frequent flyer program and attempts to turn it into a profit center have resulted in what some believe to be a substandard program. For example, all miles expire periodically unlike those of many Western airlines (and even some other Chinese airlines). This mean, for example, unless you quickly use your miles instead of saving them for larger awards, the miles expire after a one or two year period. Avianca S.A. (Spanish acronym: Aerovías del Continente Americano, formerly Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia) has been the national flag air carrier of Colombia since 1919, making it the second-oldest continuously running airline in the world behind Dutch based KLM. Likewise it is the largest airline in the... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (traditional Chinese: ; SEHK: 0293, OTCBB: CPCAY) is the largest airline and flag carrier of Hong Kong. ... Not to be confused with Air China, the national airline of Peoples Republic of China. ... Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is a U.S. certificated air carrier. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. ...


Incidents and accidents

  • On March 13, 2005, the right main gear wheels of an Air China Boeing 747-400 at LAX, sank deeply into asphalt at the edge of the taxiway as it turned on to runway 25R for take-off. The aircraft was immobilized and the runway had to be closed for 13 hours before the aircraft could be pulled free.[27]
  • On January 6, 2007, the left wing of an Air China Boeing 747-400 bound for Beijing clipped the tail section of a Delta Air Lines plane while pushing back from the gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. No injuries were initially reported among the 215 passengers or 23 crew members aboard the Air China plane, the Delta Air Lines aircraft was empty of passengers at the time. This incident is under investigation by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

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See also

Air China Cargo is a cargo airline based in Beijing, China. ...

References

  1. ^ Introduction of Air China
  2. ^ Channel News Asia – Air China stats
  3. ^ Air China: one of the World’s 500 Most Influential Brands – China Economic Review
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines", Flight International, 2007-03-27, p. 55. 
  5. ^ "Air China Launches New Service, Works on Image," USA Today, October 9, 1991, p. 8B.
  6. ^ Bangsberg, P.T., "Lufthansa, China Plan More Funds for Aircraft Maintenance Venture," Journal of Commerce, June 24, 1992, p. 2B.
  7. ^ Vandyk, Anthony, "Air China: New Name, New Heights," Air Transport World, February 1991, p. 54.
  8. ^ Flynn, Ann Amelia, "China's Airlines Take Wing," China Business Review (Washington), May/June 1993, p. 14.
  9. ^ Bradbury, Nicholas, "Troubled But Hopeful," Asset Finance & Leasing Digest, June 1994, p. 23.
  10. ^ "Air China to Stand Alone," Airfinance Journal, March 1995, p. 8.
  11. ^ Harding, James, "Air China Plans Overseas Float," Financial Times (London), October 15, 1997.
  12. ^ Chan, Christine, "Link-Up Possible Between Mainland Flagship and Southern Airline; Rumours Fly of Giant Merger," South China Morning Post, Bus. Sec., July 9, 1999, p. 4.
  13. ^ "Rise of the Phoenix," Ground Handling International, July 1999, p. 55.
  14. ^ "China: Person of the Week; Making the Trans-Millennium Flight, Wang Creates a Marketable Image," China Daily, December 12, 1999, p. 8.
  15. ^ Lo, Joseph, "Star Alliance Beckons Air China," South China Morning Post, Bus. Sec., May 24, 2001, p. 2.
  16. ^ Chang, Leslie, "China Intends to Merge 10 Airlines Into Three," Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2000, p. A21.
  17. ^ "Ten Chinese Airlines Prepare for Takeoff of Mergers, Alliances," China Online, January 11, 2001.
  18. ^ "It's a Jungle Up There: China Tries to Tame Its Unruly Aviation Sector," ChinaOnline, October 25, 2000.
  19. ^ McGregor, Richard, "Call for Mergers Leaves Chinese Carriers Up in the Air," Financial Times (London), August 1, 2000.
  20. ^ "CAAC Blocks China Southern Merger with Air China," AFX-Asia, September 28, 2000.
  21. ^ Ng, Eric, "Air China Set to Announce Lead Bank for Listing," South China Morning Post, Bus. Sec., July 16, 2001, p. 4.
  22. ^ Holland, Tom, "China Break-In," Far Eastern Economic Review, October 25, 2001, p. 41.
  23. ^ Air China Ltd 0753.HK (Hong Kong) Reuters.com
  24. ^ Air China strengthens position as carrier of choice between Australia & China October 10, 2007
  25. ^ Air China fleet age
  26. ^ "Air China Companion" – about us
  27. ^ Flight International, July 2005
  28. ^ Photo: Air China, Boeing 767-2J6/ER, Beijing – Capital (PEK / ZBAA), China, July 1, 2007, B-2553 (cn 23744/155) Nose landing gear was accidentally retracted during boarding at gate 209. Two people were injured on board.

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