Air China’s Shenzhen to Los Angeles
Air China’s new daily service between Shenzhen and Los Angeles (via Beijing) was celebrated with a special launch ceremony at Shenzhen Airport on 1 February. For China’s fifth busiest airport (handling almost 40 million passengers in 2015) it is the first direct service to the US.
On 30 January Air China became only the fourth carrier to serve Ibaraki Airport, located less than 100 kilometres from Tokyo. The twice-weekly service from Hangzhou will be operated by the airline’s A319s.
- Air China on 1 February began daily flights on the 11,988-kilometre route from Shenzhen (SZX) to Los Angeles (LAX) via Beijing. The service will be flown by the carrier’s 777-300ERs and faces no direct competition. For Shenzhen, China’s fifth busiest airport handling almost 40 million passengers last year, it is the first direct service to the US. Also, on 30 January the Air China began twice-weekly flights (Saturdays and Sundays) between Hangzhou (HGH) and Ibaraki (IBR) in Japan. The 1,968-kilometre route will be flown by the Star Alliance carrier’s A319s. No other carrier serves this route. Ibaraki Airport, located less than 100 kilometres from Tokyo, is currently served by local carrier Skymark Airlines, as well as Spring Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Air China thus becomes the airport’s fourth carrier, with a fifth, V Air, set to arrive in mid-March.