Air China to Increase Flights, Upgrade Aircraft on New York-Beijing Route
Air China said it will increase the frequency of flights on its New York-Beijing service from seven to eleven per week effective March 31, 2013. In addition, the airline will also upgrade its aircraft to Boeing 777-300ERs on this route, starting on the same day.
The four additional flights will depart from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2:50 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and will arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport at 2:20 p.m. the next day. Flights from Beijing will depart at 9:00 a.m. on those four days, and will arrive in New York at 10:20 a.m. the same day.
Air China’s 777-300ER has eight Forbidden Pavilion first-class suites, 41 Capital Pavilion fully lie-flat seats in business class, and 259 seats in economy class. All seats in the business- and first-class cabins have individual power outlets and each pair of seats in the main cabin shares a single outlet. The aircraft also has ten mood lighting variations in first and business class, designed and timed to complement the different phases of flight, from pre-arrival and boarding, to meal service and sleeping.
First- and business-class passengers are met at the gate and escorted through immigration, baggage claim, and customs and brought to the arrival level, where, if reserved in advance, the airline will provide a chauffeured BMW sedan to any destination in Beijing.
Air China is currently the only airline that offers nonstop service between Beijing and New York.