History: Air China was established and started operations on 1 July 1988 as a result of the Chinese government's decision to split the operating divisions of Civil Aviation Administration of China into six separate airlines including Air China, which was given responsibility for intercontinental flights and took over the CAAC's long haul aircraft (Boeing 747s, 767s, and 707s) and routes.
In 2006, Air China signed an agreement to join the Star Alliance, alongside Shanghai Airlines.
Air China spent HK$6.3 billion in 2009 to raise its stake in Cathay Pacific from 17.5% to 30%, expanding its presence in Hong Kong. Air China began offering Wi-Fi internet service on board its aircraft on 15 November 2011, making it the first Chinese carrier to offer this service.In early 2015 it was announced that the airline had selected the Boeing 737 Next Generation and 737 MAX for its fleet renewal programme of 60 aircraft.
Air China is the largest operator in China and operates a modern fleet with a good 81% occupancy. It's a respected company and a leader in innovation in it's country. It's on the lookout for continued growth as the Chinese markets grow and leave their home in the search for new countries to prosper. The airline is there to follow and is already expanding in new markets across Europe, Asia and America.
Operations: Air China operates an extensive domestic network covering all of mainland China and is the main operator in it's country. Its main hub is at Beijing Capital International Airport. It also currently reaches a significant number of Asian, Australian and European destinations from Shanghai. Some international routes operate from Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Kunming and Xiamen. It is one of the few world airlines that fly to all six inhabitable continents. On 10 December 2006, Air China began serving its first South American destination, São Paulo-Guarulhos (via Madrid-Barajas). This was the airline's longest direct flight. it also operates to south Africa since 2015 giving a true worldwide reach map.
Fleet: Air China operates a modern and efficient fleet of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The fleet of all types operates on both domestic and international routes as the demand dictates. Some short haul routes can be operated with the biggest planes due to high demand and holiday seasons.
The most common planes operated are Boeing 737, 747, 757 , 767, 777 and Airbus 319, 320, 321, 330 and 340.
|Good competitive prices and offers if booked in advance.||Beijing Airport is a huge airport, delayed flights can cause missed connections.|
|Good connectivity in China and South East Asia||Air China Crew and staff can have difficulty speaking in English and understanding requests or questions. (Domestic/regional flights)|
|Modern fleet||Hang luggage is restricted to only 5KG for Economy passengers|
|Good baggage allowance, free seat allocation at time of booking and online check-in.|
|When buying a ticket direct with Air China and transiting over night in Beijing or Shanghai Airport , Air China will provide Free Hotel Accommodation for all classes of travel. (must be reserved in advance 48 hours before the flight).|
|Member of Star Alliance, for points/millage redemption.|