Air China introduced Copenhagen to its network on 30 May, with the Danish hub holding a party to celebrate the arrival of its newest airline partner. Among the festivities was a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Honoured with cutting the ribbon to officially open the new service from Beijing were: Ying Deng, Chinese Ambassador to Denmark; Brian Mikkelsen, Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs; Thomas Woldbye, CEO, Copenhagen Airport; and Andy Hao, GM Denmark, Air China. The Star Alliance member will link the two cities four times weekly using A330-200s.
- Air China introduced two new destinations to its Beijing (PEK) network this week, beginning flights on 30 May to Copenhagen (CPH), while a connection to Hanoi (HAN) was inaugurated on 1 June. Services on the 7,192-kilometre link to the Danish capital will be flown four times weekly using the carrier’s fleet of A330-200s, with Air China’s service complementing the existing daily connection flown between the two cities by fellow Star Alliance member SAS. Hanoi will, like Copenhagen, also be flown four times weekly, albeit on the Chinese airline’s fleet of A321s. It too is a route already flown by another airline, however it is not operated by a fellow Star carrier, but SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines. The national flag carrier of Vietnam already offers a five weekly rotation on the 2,330-kilometre sector this summer. Copenhagen becomes Air China’s 19th European destination from Beijing, while Hanoi is the second destination in Vietnam to be served from the Chinese capital by Air China, with it already providing a daily 737-800-operated service to Ho Chi Minh City. See how Copenhagen Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.