Air China adds Houston, and more

Air China will introduce its fifth North American destination beginning July 11, when it launches a service between Houston and Beijing. Initially, the carrier will operate the route four times per week using a B777-300ER.

“We’ve seen a steady growth of air travel between Houston and China in recent years, and now it will become the first scheduled passenger destination in the U.S. that we’ve added in three decades. We look forward to serving Houston and facilitating stronger ties between China and the United States,” said Jianjiang Cai, Air China’s president and executive director.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker added, “This new route will ensure our success in growing the Texas regional economy and strengthen ties to our trade partners in China.”

Air China is also investing in its four current routes to North America. In March, the New York-Beijing service will increase from seven to 11 per week and will be upgraded to a B777-300ER. The Los Angeles-Beijing service, which already uses the 777, will resume a double-daily frequency from March 31.

The daily San Francisco-Beijing service goes up to a larger B747-400 from the same date, while Vancouver-Beijing sees an increase from seven to 11 flights per week from May.

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