Air China, China’s national airline and official flag carrier has announced it will add three more flights a week in addition to its daily non-stop flights from Vancouver to Beijing. The new flights will begin in June 2010 arriving in Vancouver on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flights to Beijing will depart Vancouver in the early morning on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
When asked to comment about the increased flight frequencies, David Solloway, Air China Canada’s senior advisor said “It has been a pleasure for Air China to work closely with the Vancouver Airport Authority, the B.C. Government and other tourism stakeholders to expand our existing daily non-stop service. Our goal is to stimulate both business and leisure travel to open up opportunities for Canadian companies to increase business in China and vice versa. While Beijing is an important destination in its own right, it is also a convenient connection hub for passengers who wish to travel beyond. From our hub in Beijing, we can offer connections to 123 destinations in 28 countries and regions throughout the world.”
“After 20 years of welcoming Air China to Vancouver International Airport, we are delighted that they are increasing the frequency of their non-stop service from Beijing,” said Tony Gugliotta, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Development for Vancouver Airport Authority.
“This demonstrates the success of YVR’s gateway strategy, generates jobs and economic growth here in B.C., and allows Air China to expand its business in Canada.”
Air China is a member of Star Alliance. In order to become members, all members must comply with the highest industry standards of customer service, security and technical infrastructure.