Established in 1988 and formerly part of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the airline acquired the CAAs fleet of Boeing 747s, 767s, 707s and took responsibility for the association's intercontinental flights. By 2001, the airline had merged with China Southwest Airlines and boasted an impressive fleet of 118 aircraft.
Such was the airline's success that by 2006 they had joined the Star Alliance, the world's largest global alliance, and by 2010 had received the Plaque for Tourist Merit -- one of Spain's highest accolades for tourism.
The airline has been lauded for its pioneering initiatives, such as introducing the nation's first combined tickets that offered shuttle bus services to nearby towns. Air China was also the first airline in the country to offer onboard, WiFi internet services and in 2013 introduced Wireless Lan in-flight.
Air China offers unrivaled connections from its eight gateways in the United States (Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, New York (JFK/EWR), Washington DC, and Houston) to cities within China and other fabulous destinations in Asia via its Beijing hub*. *Shanghai (for San Jose).
By Jun 2017, Air China had a fleet of 590 passenger aircraft and freighters of mainly Boeing and Airbus families (including those of the carriers which Air China has a majority stake in). It operates 408 routes, including 106 international routes, 15 regional routes and 287 domestic routes. It serves 184 cities in 40 countries and regions, including 66 international cities, 3 regional cities and 115 domestic cities. Every week, Air China offers over 1.66 million seats on over 8500 flights per week.
With Economy, Business and First-Class tickets available, this premier airline ensures that whatever your budget or personal preference, they offer a tailor-made package. Enjoy wide, 33-inch seats and healthy gourmet meals, in-flight entertainment and a generous baggage allowance with an Economy ticket. Business Class travellers can enjoy spacious private cabins, premium-quality extra-wide seating with plenty of legroom, fine food, wines and delicious snacks between meals, an amenity kit and outstanding customer service. Additionally, Business Class customers can take advantage of early check-in, private lounge and an exceedingly generous baggage allowance. First Class ticket holders can expect the ultimate travel experience, with extra-large cabins, gourmet cuisine, dedicated check-in and a private lounge at the airport. Frequent travellers are also rewarded for their loyalty and can take advantage of the airline's very generous air miles initiative. When you become a Phoenix Miles member, you will also earn extra miles for using the airline's partner car-hire companies, hotels or banks.
Passengers can take advantage of the airline's online service and check-in up to 24 hours before departure. Passengers can also opt to check in at the kiosk in the airport.