Air China will increase its current frequency on the Beijing-to-San Francisco route to daily service, starting April 1, 2007.The airline, which is the only China’s flag carrier, announced that demand for its service on the route has prompted the increase in capacity.
With this frequency increase, Air China will be the only Chinese carrier offering daily nonstop service to the United States at its two top gateway markets - San Francisco and Los Angeles. Air China also serves New York and Vancouver with nonstop service to Beijing.
“San Francisco, as our third daily route to the U.S., will bring added convenience and service to both business and tourism passengers traveling to China,” said Mrs. Zhang Lan, Senior Vice President of Air China. “As well, adding to our focus on the West Coast, the daily services at both San Francisco and L.A. will permit greater access from Mid-West America. These connecting passengers are a group we are eager to conveniently accommodate aboard Air China,” she added.
Differing from most U.S. carriers, Air China follows international service standards and offers three full classes of onboard service from all its U.S. gateways. It’s First Class, named “Forbidden Pavilion,” offers fully lie-flat sleeper seats and an elite traveling experience for those who seek a bona fide first class standard as they cross the Pacific. Its namesake, Beijing’s Forbidden City, was the home to Chinese emperors throughout history. Air China’s Forbidden Pavilion carries specific features to reflect the royalty, honor, and privacy associated with the Forbidden City.
Air China’s Business Class, branded “Capital Pavilion,” likewise offers premium lie-flat seats in the aircraft cabin. With the convenience of its nonstop service from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as the onboard service standards of Capital Pavilion, Air China offers an international-class, VIP service for the global business traveler.
The two new flights from San Francisco will be scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays. Flight CA 985 will depart Beijing at 3:30 PM, arriving in San Francisco at 12:10 PM each day. Flight CA986 will depart San Francisco at 2:20 PM, arriving the next afternoon in Beijing at 5:05 PM.