Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China’s VP for North America, announced Air China’s new nonstop service between Houston and Beijing, pending government approval, in a joint statement with the Houston Airport System Tuesday, Jan. 15.
“With its vibrant business communities and fast-growing diverse population, Houston is a perfect choice for an additional gateway for Air China. It offers the most convenient connections to China and beyond for our passengers from Texas and other neighboring states,” said Dr. Chi.
Air China, China’s exclusive national flag carrier, is scheduled to operate the round-trip Beijing to Houston route on a new generation Boeing 777-300ER beginning Thursday, July 11, 2013, pending approval from the United States Department of Transportation.
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“Houston is honored to be the newest global gateway for Air China as our international growth depends on strong relationships worldwide,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “This new direct route to China will ensure our success in growing the Texas regional economy and strengthen the global ties to our trade partners in China.”
Air China will operate at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) from Terminal D, which is the gateway for all foreign flag carriers into the fourth largest city in the United States.
Starting with four flights a week, the nonstop flight will depart from Beijing at 3:00 p.m. and land in Houston on the same day at 3:30 p.m. Outbound, it is scheduled to leave Houston at 1:40 a.m. the next day, arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport at 5:00 a.m. the following day.