Air China’s maiden non-stop flight from Beijing to Johannesburg touched down in South Africa on 29 October. It instantly became the airline’s longest non-stop flight at 11,702 kilometres.
- Air China has added another three destinations to its international network form Beijing (PEK). In the last few days it has added thrice-weekly service to Addis Ababa (ADD) in Ethiopia, Colombo (CMB) in Sri Lanka and Johannesburg (JNB) in South Africa. Direct competition is provided on two of the three routes by Ethiopian Airlines (to Addis Ababa) and SriLankan Airlines (to Colombo). At 11,702 kilometres the Johannesburg route becomes the airline’s longest sector, beating the 11,552-kilometre route to Houston Intercontinental in the US. But that’s still a long way short of the current global record holder, Qantas’ 13,802-kilometre service from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth. Vote for Johannesburg Airport’s fire truck water arch.
||Addis Ababa (ADD)
||Ethiopian Airlines (7)
||SriLankan Airlines (4)
|Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database. OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 2 November 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.