Air China adds Beijing, Sydney route

Air China has launched a new, non-stop service between Beijing and Sydney, Australia, from October 22. The service operates three times per week using Air China’s newly delivered Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.

Additionally, Air China is adjusting its existing services to Melbourne, Australia, taking its service “Down Under” to ten round-trips per week for passengers between China and Australia.

The increase in service to the Australian market, using brand-new aircraft, is a further show of Air China’s growth and strength as the carrier expands to meet China’s international travel needs and prepares for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The new service offers convenient timings, departing Beijing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:30 p.m. (flight CA173) and arriving in Sydney the next day at 6:15 a.m. (all times local). The return flight (CA174) departs Sydney every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:00 p.m. and arrives back in Beijing the next morning at 5:50 a.m.

“We are excited to offer our customers this excellent new option for travel between China and Sydney,” said Mrs. Lan Zhang, Vice President of Air China. “As China’s premier flag carrier, we are committed to the service and network that China and the global travel market expect of us. We are pleased to offer this additional non-stop with our new A330s and show customers that we are working and growing to meet their needs.”


In further network growth, Air China will offer new Beijing-Macau service, starting November 18, and will increase its Beijing-Bangkok route to double-daily from December first.

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 77 domestic and 40 international cities with an extensive network from its Beijing hub, conveniently linking passengers between China and destinations around the world. In North America, Air China serves New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver with daily non-stop service to Beijing.