LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reflecting on Air China's commitment to the Southern California market, the airline's second daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Beijing (CA 988/CA 987) will be upgraded to the new-generation B777-300ER on June 1, 2012. In February this year, the Los Angeles-Beijing evening flight (CA 984/CA 983) was the first Air China flight from the USA to use the greener, cleaner and more fuel-efficient "triple seven." Air China is the only airline that offers nonstop service between these two cities.
The airline's daily nonstop New York-Beijing route is scheduled to be upgraded to the same aircraft on October 1, 2012. In 2013, the San Francisco daily nonstop flight is expected to have its own B777-300ER upgrade.
"The USA is a priority for us. The upgrade of the two daily flights out of Los Angeles and the daily flight out of New York during this year alone shows our commitment to provide air travelers with the best product available. The performance enhancements in the range and payload capabilities of the B777-300ER make it a perfect match for our passengers to and from the United States," Dr. Chi, Air China's Vice President and General Manager for North America stated.
The "triple seven" has a wider cabin than any competing airplane—current or planned. It is designed for maximum passenger comfort and convenience. Air China's Forbidden Pavilion First Class features 8 luxury suites, 41 flat beds in the Capital Pavilion business class and 259 economy seats with individual monitors and AVOD (audio-video on demand).
Air China offers its premium passengers with a personal "meet-and-greet" service on arrival in Beijing. An English and Chinese bilingual Air China agent will meet the passenger at the gate; escort him/her to immigration, baggage claim and customs all the way to the main exit at the arrival level for ground transportation. Even better, premium passengers can reserve, at the time of booking, complimentary chauffeured individual BMW sedan transfers from the airport to any final destination in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Domestic and international premium passengers can relax in luxurious business or first class lounges in Beijing between flights or before boarding. Inside the lounges are VIP rooms, dining rooms serving local and international cuisines, wine bar, shower rooms, Internet access, desktop computers and facilities for sleep or business. The lounges are also available to Air China's Companion VIP members and Star Alliance Gold card holders.
Air China is a member of Star Alliance, the world's biggest airline network which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The network's global coverage now includes 1,300 airport destinations in 190 countries with over 21,000 flights daily.
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Lillibeth C. Bishop
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