Air China recently announced the launch of direct flights between Beijing and Washington D.C. Flights on this route will be operational from June 10, 2014.
The Beijing-Washington non-stop flight will be operated using Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. This aircraft will have three classes and has the carrying capacity of 311 passengers. Flights will leave Beijing at 1300 hours and arrive in Washington at 1435 hours. Return flight will depart at 1635 hours and arrive in Beijing Capital International Airport at 1815 hours the next day. Flights on this route will fly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Boeing 777-300 aircraft will be fitted with 261 seats in economy, 42 lie-flat seats in business class and eight lie-flat seats in First-class. Business class seats will have 23 inches of width and 60 inches of pitch, whereas first class seats will have 23 inches of width and 80 inches and pitch.
The United States of America is a famous tourist destination for increasingly wealthy Chinese. The tourists visit America for excursion and to see the beautiful places of America. According to the US tourism official it is predicted that in the year 2018 the number of Chinese tourists will hit 4.7 million. This will make China rank among the top tourist to America. The launch of Air China non-stop flight to Washington will help in flourishing tourism in America.
By adding nonstop flights on this route, this Star Alliance carrier has ended the ongoing monopoly on United Airlines that was the only carrier to offers direct service between the city pair. At present, even United is offering the service on Boeing 777 on this route.
Air China serves six more North American destinations, namely Los Angeles, Hawaii, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Houston.
Air China is a member of the Star Alliance, which is a worldwide alliance of 26 airlines companies. Air China operates with more than 180 destinations and has hubs in many places including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and more.