Air China has announced a new three times weekly non-stop service between Los Angeles and Shenzhen.
The flight will depart on December 7th and will be operated by the airline’s newest Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9.
“With China as Los Angeles’ top trading partner, we are committed to growing and strengthening the economic and cultural ties between the two.
“The new non-stop Los Angeles-Shenzhen service brings together two of the world’s leading technology and innovation hubs,” Zhihang Chi, general manager of Air China North America stated.
According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, majority of Chinese investment into the United States originates from Guangdong Province which covers Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
Chi added: “At no time is the connectivity between these two cities more needed than it is now when China’s homegrown tech companies with headquarters in Shenzhen are expanding their presence and direct investments in the United States.
“This new service offers more options for business and leisure travellers to Shenzhen and Hong Kong which is only 19 miles away.
“As this will be operated with our newest Dreamliner which includes a premium economy class cabin, we are confident our competitive fares and affordable, easy upgrade programs will be very attractive for travellers to Shenzhen, Hong Kong and beyond.
“In addition to extra legroom, our premium economy passengers also enjoy priority boarding and more Phoenix miles, among other amenities.”
Air China’s B787-9 three-cabin Dreamliner features 30 seats in Capital Pavilion (business class), 34 premium economy and 229 economy class seats for a total of 293.
This announcement, Air China’s latest in a series of unprecedented expansions in North America, brings the average of its seasonally adjusted flights to 150 per week between cities throughout the region and China.
Since 2013, China’s national carrier has been launching a new route every year.