Air China will launch daily non-stop flights between Houston and Beijing from March 30, 2014. Currently, the airline operates 4 flights a week each way between the two cities.
The flights are operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with a 3 class – first, business and economy – cabin layout.
First and business class cabins feature 180-degree flat-bed seats. All seats have in-seat power outlets, individual in-flight entertainment systems with audio/video-on-demand (AVOD) and in-seat USB ports.
The flights will depart Houston at 1:00 am daily and arrive in Beijing at 4:50 am local time. Return flights depart Beijing at 3:00 pm local time and arrive at Houston at 3:40 pm local time.
“The additional flights will provide more options and flexibility to international travelers, allowing them to have more convenient connections to cities within China and beyond via our Beijing hub,” said Zhihang Chi, Air China’s Vice President for North America, in a press release.
Air China, a Star Alliance member, launched flights from Houston in July 2013.
Air China is also increasing the frequency of its nonstop flights from New York (JFK) to Beijing to twice per day — an increase from the current 11 flights per week — from March 31. It is also upgrading the aircraft for its nonstop flights to Beijing from San Francisco (SFO) to the new-generation B777-300ER aircraft on February 11.
The airline recently launched nonstop flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Beijing on January 21.
Air China will also launch its nonstop flights to Beijing from Washington, DC (IAD) in June 2014.