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Air China brings its new Boeing 747-800 to San Francisco

Air China’s (Beijing) Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental makes its U.S. West Coast debut in San Francisco today (May 1), replacing the new-generation Boeing 777-300 ER used for the daily nonstop service between the City by the Bay and China’s capital, Beijing. A reception at the airport museum to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight of Air China’s Boeing 747-800 into San Francisco International Airport at 12:20 PM PDT today is hosted by the airline’s San Francisco team led by Ms. Litao Zhao, General Manager.

The Boeing 747-800 is the first and only aircraft in Air China’s fleet with a four-cabin configuration. It features 12 luxury suites in the Forbidden Pavilion (first class cabin), 54 fully-flat bed seats in the Capital Pavilion (business class), 66 premium economy seats and 233 in the economy cabin for a total of 365 seats.

The 180-degree fully-flat sleepers in the Capital Pavilion are split between the main deck and the entire upper deck, giving Air China’s guests an exclusive private space. Majority of the lie-flat bed seats are arranged in a staggered 2-2 configuration.

According to the airline, seats in premium economy and economy cabins offer more legroom for maximum comfort. An enhanced entertainment system offers a wide array of user-friendly features, including mobile app icons and a sliding touch control.

Premium economy seats offer eight inches more legroom (40 inches) than economy seats. In addition to priority boarding, premium economy passengers are offered a welcome drink, hot towels, slippers and many other inflight amenities for more convenience.

Air China’s Boeing 747-800 is also the first to sport the company’s new cabin interior which depicts three traditional Chinese cultural elements that represent the harmonious unity of heaven, earth and sky.

Flight CA 986 arrives in SFO at 12:20 PM. The return flight, flight CA 986 departs SFO at 2:50 PM (1450).

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Copyright Photo: Eric Dunetz/AirlinersGallery.com. Air China Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) departs from New York (JFK).

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Air China introduces the new Boeing 747-800 to New York, will also operate on the Beijing – San Francisco route

Air China (Beijing) will introduce the new Boeing 747-800 on the Beijing – San Francisco route on May 1 per Airline Route. The carrier introduced the new type on the Beijing – New York (JFK) route yesterday (January 7). The new type will also be assigned to the Beijing – Chongqing route starting on May 1.

Air China today issued this statement:

Air China’s Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental debuted internationally on the Beijing-New York route on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Expected arrival at JFK International is at 1:30 p.m. EST local time. A New York welcome awaits the Boeing 747-8i’s first international flight from Beijing, starting with a traditional water cannon salute shortly after landing, followed by a reception inside the cabin hosted by Air China’s New York offices led by Mr. Yuelong Zhou, General Manager.

Air China’s Flights 981 and 982 will be operated by the new-generation Boeing 747-8i on a daily basis while Flights 988 and 989 continue to be operated by Boeing 777-300 ER.

Air China is the launch carrier in Asia for Boeing’s newest wide body passenger aircraft. It is also the first inChina to operate the Boeing 747-8i and the only airline with nonstop services between New York and Beijing.

Air China’s Boeing 747-800i features 12 luxury suites in the Forbidden Pavilion first class cabin, 54 fully-flat sleepers Capital Pavilion business class, 66 premium economy seats and 233 in the economy cabin for a total of 365 seats.

The business class 180-degree flat-bed seats are split between the main deck and the entire upper deck, giving Air China’s guests an exclusive private space. Majority of the lie-flat sleepers are arranged in a staggered 2-2 configuration.

Seats in premium economy and economy cabins offer more legroom for maximum comfort. An enhanced entertainment system offers a wide array of user-friendly features, including mobile phone apps and a sliding touch control.

Air China’s Boeing 747-8i is also the first to sport the company’s new cabin interior (below) which depicts three traditional Chinese cultural elements that represent the harmonious unity of heaven, earth and sky.

Copyright Photo: Bernie Leighton/AirlinersGallery.com. Air China took delivery of the pictured Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) on September 30, 2014.

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Air China takes delivery of its first Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental

Air China (Beijing) has taken delivery of the pictured Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) yesterday (September 29), its first 747-800 Intercontinental.

Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing and Air China celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 747-8 Intercontinental. Air China is the first carrier in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new, fuel-efficient 747-8. The new airplane is the first of seven 747-8 Intercontinentals Air China has on order.

“Air China has been operating 747s since the 1980s,” said Song Zhiyong, president of Air China. “This iconic airplane has played an important role in Air China’s international development and has also witnessed many milestones of the reform and opening-up of China. We are very proud to introduce the new 747-8 into our fleet to continue its tradition into the future.”

Air China, the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, will operate the new airplanes as it continues to expand its international routes.

The 747-8 Intercontinental will bring double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 percent less noise. The airplane’s interior, inspired by the 787 Dreamliner, includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. The 747-8 Intercontinental is powered by GE Aviation’s GEnx-2B engines.

Boeing’s partnership with Air China dates back to the 1970s. In addition to the 747-8 Intercontinental, Air China also has 15 787-9s on order. Air China has received all of its 20 777-300 ERs in the last three years and is one of the largest 737 operators in China.

Air China will deploy the new type on the Beijing-Frankfurt route starting daily on January 2, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. B-2485 is pictured at Boeing Field in Seattle on a test flight.

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Air China to introduce its new 365-seat Boeing 747-800 on October 11 between Beijing and Guangzhou

Air China (Beijing) will soon take delivery of its first 365-seat Boeing 747-800. The pictured Boeing 747-89L B-2485 (msn 41191) is being readied for the delivery ceremony. The airline, according to Airline Route, plans to introduce the new type on the Beijing-Guangzhou route on October 11, subject to change.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-89L B-2485 lands at Paine Field after a test flight at the Everett plant.

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