Air China buys Olympic track shoes

Air China donated RMB200,000 Yuan (nearly $25,000) to secure a pair of track shoes worn by Liu Xiang, China’s 100-meter hurdles Gold Medalist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.The gift was made at the “Warmth of Spring 2007 - I Have A Dream” charity auction organized by CCTV (China Central Television). The auction was held to raise tuition funds for children who cannot afford to go to school.

Air China also provided the Warmth of Spring auction with eight “Forbidden Pavilion” first class and “Capital Pavilion” business class tickets on the airline’s North American and European routes. Charitable buyers at the auction aggressively bid the tickets up to RMB800,000 Yuan (about $100,000) to benefit the children’s scholarship fund. As well, Mr. Li Jiaxiang, Chairman of Air China Limited, announced at the dinner auction that the carrier would also contribute RMB600,000 Yuan ($74,000) to the poor children’s fund, providing a similar $100,000 donation in total.

In the past five years, since 2002, Air China has contributed more than RMB430 million Yuan (over $53 million) to different kinds of charitable activities.

“We are so pleased to demonstrate our commitment to these causes and, at the same time, to remind people of Air China’s commitment to the Olympics,” said Mrs. Zhang Chunzhi, Secretary-General for the Air China Olympic Project Committee and General Manager for the Air China Marketing Department. “Air China has an important role as corporate citizens and national representatives, and we enjoy the opportunities we have to show it.”

As China’s sole designated flag carrier and the Airline Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Air China (HKEX: 0753; LSE: AIRC; SSE: 601111) serves 74 domestic and 38 international cities with an extensive network from its Beijing hub, conveniently linking passengers between China and destinations around the world. Air China continues to attract increasing international recognition as a world-class carrier and enjoys a growing reputation for high quality service, known for its traditional Chinese warmth and welcome. In North America, Air China serves New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver with non-stop service to Beijing.