Air China (Beijing) is planning to finalize an order for a combination of 60 Boeing Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX aircraft. Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing is pleased that Air China has committed to purchase 60 737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes. The commitment when finalized will be valued at more than $6 billion at current list prices.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Air China already operates a large Boeing 737 NG fleet including the 737-800. Boeing 737-89L B-5447 (msn 40015) arrives at Beijing hub.
Air China (Beijing) and Kunming Airlines (Kunming) signed a codeshare cooperation agreement in the city of Kunming on September 3, 2014, and the two carriers will start code share in the form of free marketing on each other’s selected domestic flights from September 15, 2014.
According to the agreement, the two carriers will connect the city of Kunming to their respective route networks. With the cooperation, Air China will put its code CA on the nearly 500 weekly flights of 26 routes operated by Kunming Airlines, which will extend its route network to the cities of Yunnan province and other neighboring cities. At the same time, Kunming Airlines will put its code KY on about 210 weekly flights of 9 routes operated by Air China, which will extend its network to most of China’s big and medium-sized cities.
In financial news, Air China reported a first half net profit of CNY 510 million ($82.8 million), down 55% for the same period a year ago.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-89L B-5425 (msn 36743) of Air China arrives at the Beijing (Capital) hub.
Air China (Beijing) plans to start Beijing – Vladivostok (Siberia, Russia) service on June 3, 2014.
The four-times weekly service CA 701/2 will be operated on Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday. The outbound flight departs at 06:25 Beijing time and arrives at 11:35 local time; the return flight departs at 12:35 local time and arrives at 12:00 Beijing time.
Vladivostok is also known in Chinese as Haishenwai. Located in the southern extremity of Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula in the east of the Eurasian continent, Vladivostok is close to Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. There’s a three-hour time difference between Vladivostok and Beijing. Vladivostok is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
The Beijing – Vladivostok service is Air China’s third route to Russia after Beijing – Moscow and Beijing – Chita were introduced.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-89L B-5423 (msn 36742) arrives back at the Beijing (Capital) hub.
Air China (Beijing) today (September 22) launched a new route from Chengdu to Tokyo (Narita). Flights are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays. With the flight number CA423/4, the flights depart from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport at 8:00 a.m. (0800) and arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport at 1:40 p.m. (1340) local time. The return flights depart from Tokyo Narita Airport at 2:50 p.m. (1450) and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport at 7:20 p.m. (1920) local time.
Previously, Air China launched three routes from Chengdu to Japan, including the Chengdu-Beijing-Tokyo and Chengdu-Shanghai-Nagoya routes with flights available daily, and the Chengdu-Dalian-Osaka route with three flights available every week.
Copyright Photo: Sam Chui. Boeing 737-89L B-5198 (msn 36491) in the beautiful “Peony” color scheme departs from Beijing.
Air China's future B-5422 is pictured at Seattle (King County-Boeing Field) on a test flight. Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.
Air China (Beijing) will soon take delivery of a new Boeing 737-89L registered B-5422 (msn 36741). The new airliner is painted in this very vivid two-tone blue waves and red peacock motif at the factory.