Warsaw Chopin Airport welcomed Air China’s inaugural service from Beijing. There were celebratory photos on the apron and in the terminal as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a suitcase-themed cake. Fellow Star Alliance carrier LOT Polish Airlines also serves the route with three weekly flights.
- Air China has joined fellow Star Alliance carrier LOT Polish Airlines in operating non-stop flights between Beijing (PEK) and Warsaw Chopin (WAW). The four times weekly service (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) will be operated by the airline’s A330-200s. LOT flies the 6,941-kilometre route thrice-weekly. For the Polish airport this is the first scheduled service from any Asian carrier. The inaugural flight carried a total of 193 passengers. Air China now serves 14 destinations in Europe with non-stop flights from Beijing. Poland becomes the 11th European country market served non-stop from Beijing after Austria (Vienna), Belarus (Minsk), France (Paris), Germany (Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich), Italy (Milan and Rome), Russia (Moscow), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Geneva) and the UK (London). According to OAG data for the first week of October, Air China has a 23% share of the China-Europe market in terms of seat capacity, well ahead of its nearest rivals Lufthansa (11%) and China Eastern Airlines (9%). A total of 26 airlines currently offer scheduled flights between Europe and China, compared with 23 a year ago and 19 in 2011. See how Warsaw Chopin Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.