Air China’s inaugural flight from Beijing to Washington Dulles was celebrated in the US capital with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring: District of Columbia Deputy Mayor Victor L. Hoskins; Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe; Chinese Ambassador to the USA Cui Tiankai; Air China Vice Chairman Madame Yinxiang Wang; and MWAA’s President/CEO Jack Potter. The route between the two capital cities is already served by fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines with daily flights.
- Air China has launched two new international services from the world’s second busiest airport, Beijing (PEK). On 10 June the Chinese flag-carrier began a four times weekly service on the 11,140-kilometre route to Washington Dulles, VA (IAD) using its 777-300s. The route is already served daily by Star Alliance partner United Airlines. The following day Air China initiated four times weekly flights to Jeju (CJU) in South Korea using 737-800s. The 1,140-kilometre route will see frequency increase to daily from 9 July. Competition on this route is provided by Korean Air (daily flights) and China Eastern Airlines (twice-weekly flights). See how Washington Dulles Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.