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Getting to know Air China

Established as recently as 1988, Air China is the country’s official flag carrier and the largest of the 40-something Chinese airlines serving domestic and international routes.

While most airlines have relatively self-explanatory liveries – flags, coats of arms, national symbols – Air China’s intriguing logo could have you scratching your head. What exactly is it? Well, according to the official company profile, the fluid red lines of the corporate logo depict a phoenix in flight. The mythological bird is said to be a symbol of good luck and happiness, while the bold colour is associated with all things festive and auspicious in China.

Air China boasts a fleet of 540 aircraft with an average age of 6.08 years. These aircraft service 322 routes, including 82 international, 15 regional and 225 domestic across 159 cities in 32 countries.

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Why fly with Air China

  • Food portions are quite generous, so you definitely won’t go hungry… even on the longest flight!
  • Their network is rather extensive, especially in the East, which means booking a multi-leg journey can be done quite painlessly!
  • Their flights are often somewhat cheaper than those of their competitors!

Baggage allowance

Economy class – International/Regional

Passengers are allowed to check two pieces of luggage, each weighing no more than 23kg free of charge.

Business and First class – International/Regional

Passengers are allowed to check two pieces of luggage, each weighing no more than 32kg free of charge.

Economy – Domestic

Passengers are allowed to check baggage of up to 20kg free of charge.

Business – Domestic

Passengers are allowed to check baggage of up to 30kg free of charge.

First – Domestic

Passengers are allowed to check baggage of up to 40kg free of charge.

Infants

Parents are allowed to check up to 10kg of luggage per infant, as well as a foldable stroller or bassinet.

Check in

You have a choice between making use of airport, online or self-help check in services.

Airport

For domestic flights, passengers are advised to check in at least an hour before the scheduled departure of their flight. Check in generally closes half-an-hour before departure.

Online

Passengers flying from most Chinese airports and a selection of international ones can check in online. A printed boarding pass is required, as no e-tickets are issued. Online check-in opens 24 hours and closes 1 hour before scheduled departure time.

Self-help

Skip the queues by checking in at a self-help kiosk. These easy-to-use little guys are located at most airports within China and a select few internationally.

For international flights, passengers are required to show a valid passport, necessary visas and other travel documents that you used during the purchase of your ticket. Please note that the airline has the right to deny boarding, should you not be able to produce the necessary documents.

Cabin classes

  • Economy
  • Premium Economy
  • Business
  • First

Air China has three hubs throughout the country. The main hub is located at Beijing Capital International Airport, with smaller hubs at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The airline flies to 322 different destinations across 32 countries.

Top destinations for Air China

Top local routes for Air China

  • Yantai - Jinan
  • Yantai - Kunming
  • Chengdu - Nanjing
  • Beijing - Baotou
IATA code: Hub Airport: Alliance: Loyalty program: Inflight magazine:
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The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.com.ng takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.


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