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Air China

Air China has now been operational for more than three decades. Established as a result of aviation diversification in the country, the Chinese flag carrier now has one of the largest fleets in the world, totaling nearly 500 aircraft. A member of the Star Alliance since 2007, Air China serves around 200 destinations from hubs located throughout its homeland. (Featured image: Vincenzo Pace - Simple Flying)

Air China Boeing 747-89L B-2487
Some 36 of the 43 flights from Beijing Capital to Shanghai are by widebodies today, including Air China's B747-8. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.
Airline Type:
Full Service Carrier
Year Founded:
Star Alliance
Airline Group:
Air China Group
Cai Jianjiang
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latest Air China Articles

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Why Do No US Airlines Fly From the East Coast To China?

No US carrier provides service to China from America's East Coast

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Recent maintenance and a re-opening of Pyongyang Airport to international arrivals have sparked hope of Air Koryo's return.

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Air China Boeing 747-400F Returns To Amsterdam After Bird Strike

The cargo aircraft was bound for Shanghai, but experienced a bird strike shortly after departure from Amsterdam.

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2 Injured After Domestic Air China Airbus A330 Flight Hits Turbulence

One passenger and one cabin crew member were injured due to the severe clear air turbulence on Air China's busiest domestic route.

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China's Biggest Domestic Airlines Explored

After the epidemic, the hierarchy among Chinese airlines remains unchanged.

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Air China Eyes Multiple International Route Resumptions From Chengdu

As the summer travel peak approaches, Air China and other Chengdu-based airlines are increasing domestic and international flights to seize the market

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Boeing's 737 MAX Is Back In China: Here's Who's Flying It Now

84 out of 95 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from 12 Chinese airlines have resumed commercial operations.

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How To Fly On A Boeing 747-400 Between July And September

There are just nine scheduled routes.

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Rare Jumbos: Which Airlines Still Have Passenger Boeing 747s?

With the Queen of the Skies becoming increasingly rare, which airlines still operate the Boeing 747?

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Auckland Airport Sees Chinese Travel Preferences Shift Post-COVID

Auckland Airport is seeing a shift of Chinese travelers from organized groups to independents, who stay longer and spend more.

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Tough 2022: China Aviation Witnesses $31.44 Billion Loss

While aviation markets around the world have made huge steps towards recovery, China is still lagging.

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Air New Zealand And Air China Add More Kiwi Connections

Air New Zealand and Air China are ramping up NZ-China connections this week, with the Chinese carrier back after three years away.

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2023 Progress: China's Big 3 Airlines Slim Q1 Losses

This year may see the Chinese carriers return to the black.

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China Ditches PCR Test Requirements For Inbound Travelers

It could prove the catalyst for an international recovery.

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The Airports You're Most Likely To See A Passenger Boeing 747 In May

34 airports globally are expected to have passenger 747 flights in May.

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Boeing 747 Hub: Air China Brings The Jumbo Jet Back To Frankfurt

Using the 747-8, Frankfurt will (for now) be the carrier's only long-haul route by the type.

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Air China To Resume Auckland Flights In May

From May 2nd, Air China will operate four times per week from Beijing to Auckland.

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Air China Flight Delayed For 90 Minutes After Returning For Passenger's Forgotten Phone

Complaints were submitted after Air China returned to the gate after pushback for one passenger's forgotten phone.

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Big 3 Chinese Airlines Post Record 2022 Losses

China's airlines racked up large losses over the last three years, but with restrictions gone, they are expected to bounce back to profitability.

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Air China Restarts Gatwick-Beijing Flights

The return finally happens after three years.