Air China expanded its US network this week with the launch of its inaugural flight to San Jose, the Californian city that serves as the gateway to Silicon Valley.
The maiden flight took off from Shanghai on 1 September 2016 and Air China will now operate the route three times a week using an Airbus A330 aircraft.
It becomes the first direct link between Shanghai and San Jose, and Air China’s first trans-Pacific service from China’s commercial capital. Hainan Airlines already flies to San Jose from Beijing.
Flights will now depart Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1330 and arrive at Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport at 1040 the same day, having crossed the International Date Line. The return flights then leave San Jose at 1230 and arrive back in Shanghai at 1640 the next day.
Air China now serves a total of 36 destinations from Shanghai, of which 14 are international.