Air China will launch a non-stop route from Beijing to Yushu on June 11 in order to support post-disaster reconstruction in earthquake-stricken areas. This new route is expected to be extremely helpful in rebuilding Yushu, where air transportation is vital to successfully reconstruct damage from the earthquake.
An Airbus 319 plane, assigned flight number CA1275/6, will be used for the route. This model is equipped with Required Navigation Performance (RNP) technology tailored for altiplano flights. Flights to Yushu depart from Beijing at 7:15am and arrive at 10:30am. Return flights depart from Yushu at 11:20am and arrive in Beijing at 2:25pm. Flights are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Located at an altitude of 3,905 meters, Yushu Airport has the second highest elevation in China. The complicated environment requires high-level flight abilities and technologies. The RNP technology is able to ensure normal flight patterns in these tricky surroundings. Air China was certified with RNP technology at Yushu Airport on April 29th of this year, which provided the opportunity to launch this non-stop route between Beijing and Yushu.
Air China has been placing great efforts into earthquake relief and post- disaster reconstruction. On the very same day that the earthquake in Yushu occurred, Air China created a relief plan and immediately sent a group to the earthquake-affected area. Since then, Air China has provided urgent charter flights 11 times and regular charter flights 24 times, delivering 989 relief staff and 142 tons of relief materials to Yushu. Air China also has focused on mental-health assistance to residents of Yushu. On Children’s Day, Air China provided free tickets for Yushu’s children to visit other cities, hoping to relieve some of the distress caused by the earthquake.
According to Xu Jianqiang, Chief Economist of Air China, as the only carrier in China boasting the national flag, Air China is responsible to involve themselves in the efforts for earthquake relief. In previous relief efforts, Air China has always rapidly implemented relief efforts in earthquake-affected areas. Air China is not only dedicated to the development of the aviation industry, but also the best possible assistance of people in disaster-stricken areas through the use of advanced technologies and resources.