Cheap Air China Flights

Air China is the flag carrier of the People’s Republic of China, but it’s not the country’s largest commercial airline. (That honor is reserved for China Southern Airlines based in Guangzhou.) Air China is a state-owned airline and displays the national flag of the People’s Republic of China on every airplane in its fleet. Its main hubs are at Beijing Capital International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, and it considers Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Hohhot Baita International Airport to be focus cities.

The airline, whose logo is a phoenix in the initials “VIP”, flies to more than 180 destinations in Asia, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom), North America (Canada, the United States), South America (Brazil) and Australia. Air China has code sharing agreements with a long list or airlines, including Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Korean Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Shanghai Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Air China is a member of the Star Alliance airline alliance on an “observer status,” which means it was invited to become a member in 2006 and will probably become a member. This is interesting only because one of Air China’s shareholders, Cathay Pacific, is one of the founders of a competing airline alliance, OneWorld.

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