16 Facts About Air China


Air China Limited is the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China and one of the "Big Three" mainland Chinese airlines .

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Air China was established and commenced operations on 1 July 1988 as a result of the Chinese government's decision in late 1987 to split the operating divisions of Civil Aviation Administration of China into six separate airlines: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, China Northern, China Southwest, and China Northwest.

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Air China was given chief responsibility for intercontinental flights and took over the CAAC's long haul aircraft and routes.

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In October 2002, Air China consolidated with the China National Aviation Holding and China Southwest Airlines.

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On 15 December 2004, Air China was successfully listed on the Hong Kong and London Stock Exchanges.

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On 23 December 2010, Air China became the first Chinese airline to offer combined tickets that include domestic flights and shuttle bus services to nearby cities.

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Air China began offering free Wi-Fi internet service on board its aircraft on 15 November 2011, making it the first Chinese carrier to offer this service.

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In 2012, after pressure from PETA, Air China stated that it would no longer transport monkeys to laboratories.

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Air China HQ Building, the corporate headquarters, is located in Zone A of the Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone in Shunyi District, Beijing.

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Air China registered office is on the ninth floor of the Blue Sky Mansion, in Zone A of the Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone.

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Air China is primarily based in its hub of Beijing Capital International Airport, where it operates numerous long range aircraft on routes to North America, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia.

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Air China operates a second hub in Chengdu International Airport, where it primarily flies domestic routes, as well as Shanghai Pudong International Airport, where many international routes served.

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On 10 December 2006, Air China began serving its first South American destination, Sao Paulo-Guarulhos .

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Air China expanded its operations in India with a Beijing-Mumbai route begun in September 2011, while the existing Delhi route was upgraded to the A330.

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Air China started its direct flights to Johannesburg, South Africa from 29 October 2015.

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Air China Cargo, is a subsidiary of Air China, that focuses on freight delivery and does not transport passengers.

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