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Air China establishes direct air route with Panama from March 2018


The airline Air China will begin direct flights to the Republic of Panama from March 2018. This was announced by the President of the National Aviation Company of China, Cai Jian Jiang, to President Juan Carlos Varela on his first State visit to the People's Republic of China. It is about two weekly flights from the city of Beijing, which will connect with Panama via Houston. Within two days of signing a Civil Air Transport agreement within the framework of the historic meeting between President Varela and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first direct flight to Panama by one of the main Chinese airlines is confirmed, additionally, has reported on the next establishment of regional offices in Panama. This aviation agreement, signed by the Vice President and Chancellor, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado and the Civil Aviation Administrator of China, Feng Zhenglin, grants traffic rights to open flights to and from Panama or the People's Republic of China, laying the foundations for any designated airline to enter into cooperative marketing agreements.

Panama, which has the most important air hub in Latin America, will now be able to bring one of the most important markets in the world, Asian, with the entire region. In addition, it will be strengthened the commercial and tourist exchange that both nations propose. In the meeting that sought to coordinate the strategy of implementation of the agreement, participated representatives of the 4 most important airlines of China: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern Air and Hainan Airlines Group. On the Panamanian side participated, the Vice President of Saint Malo de Alvarado, the Ministers of the Portfolios of Commerce, Augusto Arosemena, and Tourism, Gustavo Him; the Minister Counselor Francisco Sierra, the Ambassador of Panama Francisco Escobar, the Secretary of Goals Jorge González, the Director of Foreign Policy, Nicole Wong, as well as the President of Copa Airlines, Stanley Motta.

Air China operates 395 passenger routes, including 102 international routes, 14 regional routes and 279 national routes, serving 180 cities in 39 countries (regions). Each week Air China offers more than 8,500 flights and more than 1.66 million seats. The air hub of Panama receives some 5,900 weekly flights and some 90 air connections are made to 34 countries in the Americas and Europe. Through Copa Airlines, Panama connects the region serving 75 destinations, in 31 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. Concluding an agreement the Civil Air Transport within the historic meeting between President Varela and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first direct flight to Panama is confirmed by one of the leading Chinese airlines, it has also informed about the forthcoming establishment of regional offices in Panama.




FEB. 28, 2015


By ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman

At Tom Bradley International Terminal last week, Air China announced it will launch a third nonstop service between Los Angeles and Beijing starting May 2, 2015.

Air China’s third service will start with four flights per week on May 2, 2015 and will increase to daily on July 1, 2015.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, said that he is pleased to welcome Air China’s new service between LAX and Beijing.


“Tourism from China has quadrupled over the last four years, and Air China’s new service puts us well on our way of meeting our goal of 50 million visitors a year by 2020 and creating more good jobs in the City of Los Angeles,” Mr Garcetti said.


According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 100 million Chinese are expected to travel overseas in 2015 and Los Angeles is one of their top favorite destinations.


Air China’s vice president for North America Dr. Zhihang Chi, said that Air China has seen growth in North America since he started at the company in 2004.


“The unprecedented increase in connectivity will facilitate travel from China to the United States and strengthen the bilateral trade, tourism and cultural ties between the world’s two largest economies,” Dr. Chi said.


The additional third service will be operated by Air China’s new generation Boeing 777-300ER, and will feature state-of-the-art green technology.


Air China offers nonstop services to Beijing from its seven gateways in North America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu and Vancouver.


In addition to Los Angeles, Air China is also the only airline with nonstop services to Beijing from New York and Houston.

Air China introduces "Sky Chef"  


Theodore Koumelis - 19 August 2014


China-France route is an important part of Air china's European route network. Air China has always been committed to improving its culinary offerings on the route and different healthy meals are offered in each of the four seasons.


BEIJING - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations. Now, Air China and French star chefs in the field of air catering based in Paris have jointly introduced a number of French gourmet dishes onboard the carrier's flights. China-France route is an important part of Air China's European route network. Air China has always been committed to improving its culinary offerings on the route and different healthy meals are offered in each of the four seasons. 

Now, with the cooperation between Air China and Paris-based "Sky Chefs Studio", an international team of renowned chefs led by its lead chef has designed a selection of gourmet dishes that combine classical and modern culinary trends. In the First Class and Business Class on the route, famous French dishes offered include "Steak with Sliced Duck", "Columbus Chicken Roll", "Garlic-flavored Prawns" and "Foie Gras Pine Nuts". "Columbus Chicken Roll", one of the creations highly recommended by the lead chef, is a classic dish born in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute. The chicken is tender and mellow, with lingering aromas. It was also a dish chosen by the British Queen when she ascended the throne.

Snacks include "Cake with Haagen-Dazs" – warm chocolate cake and silky cold Haagen-Dazs ice cream served in the afternoon tea time promises a flavorful contrast.  Bread with olive oil, which does justice to international healthy diet trends, invites grunts of joy.

Air China has also upgraded the Economy Class meals on the route. Locally sourced French ingredients like steak and fish guarantee that the quality foods served onboard reflect the local culinary features.

Currently, Air China operates routes Beijing - Paris and Shanghai - Paris between the two countries. By June 2014, the number of flights operated per week had reached 24, which makes Air China the largest domestic operator on the market. With its pleasant cabin interior and attentive services, Air China is the preferred choice for passengers traveling between China and Europe.



By Justin Burns

The purchases are part of Nantong's preparations to launch commercial airlines in China through an airline to be named Sutong Airlines.

The carrier will be based in Nantong, Jiangsu and it plans to operate an all-Bombardier fleet of Q400 NextGen aircraft when it starts operations in 2015.

Based on Q400 NextGen aircraft list prices, the firm order is valued at approximately $995m.

Zhou Binzhen, president, of Nantong, says: "With its regional aviation model set to revolutionise air service in Jiangsu, one of China's most affluent and fast-growing provinces, Sutong Airlines will not only make traveling increasingly convenient for the people of Jiangsu, but will also bring tremendous economic benefits to the economies and communities of the province.

"Bombardier's Q400 NextGen airliner fulfills our business plan requirement for a high-performance regional aircraft that is fast, reliable, economical and comfortable."

As of 30 September, 2013 Bombardier had booked 476 firm orders for Q400 and Q400.

Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, says it is "thrilled" to be supporting the up-and-coming airline.

Air China is the largest commercial airline in China and continues to attract increasing international renown and a growing reputation for high levels of product service combined with a traditional Chinese welcome. Air China's logo, the phoenix, is a symbol of good fortune and based on an artistic perception of the letters "VIP".

Air China's non-stop flights between London's Heathrow Airport and Beijing operate with the worlds most advanced 747-400 series aircraft offering superior levels of comfort in First, Business and Economy class cabins.

With a flying time of 10 hours and onward connections to over 60 domestic destinations, Air China provides an unrivalled network between global destinations and China.

Air China is committed to flight safety and customer service with particular emphasis on modern training methods and fleet maintenance. A continued investment in staff and service development will ensure that Air China maintains its position as an enviable force in the airline world.

Air China boasts an impeccable safety record, spanning 45 years. In recognition of this outstanding achievement, Air China was awarded the ICAO 50th Anniversary Honorary Medal. In addition, China's State Council and Civil Aviation Administration of China also awarded Air China with the 'National Safety Pacesetter' award. Other awards earned by Air China include the international 'Five Star Diamond Award' presented by the American Academy of Restaurant and Hospitality Sciences for Air China's achievements in flight safety, customer service and quality operations.

Air China's stated goal is to be number one in China's civil aviation industry as well as a leader worldwide. In order to achieve this goal, its guiding principle is to 'Provide passengers and cargo shippers with services they can trust and to serve China's economic progress and international exchanges.

More information to come.

Air China is the flag carrier of China, China's second largest airline after China Southern, with main bases at Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong airports. Air China operates a mixed fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, offering over 6,000 weekly services on 243 routes throughout Asia, North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Air China maintains close strategic relationships with Cathay Pacific and Shenzhen Airlines, as part of its strategy to increase its reach in the southern Chinese market. Additionally, Air China andCathay have cross-equity interests and have a JV Shanghai-based cargo carrier. By Capa Aviation.