Air China has commenced a new service to Houston – its fourth destination in the US and its fifth in North America.
The new trans-Pacific flights took off for the first time on Thursday (11 July 2013) and will now run four times a week, direct between Beijing Capital International Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Operated using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the service departs Beijing at 1500 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving in Houston at 1540 the same day, having crossed the International Date Line. The return service will depart Houston at 0100 on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays, arriving back into Beijing at 0450 the following day.
“As the only airline that provides direct connection between Houston and the south central region of the United States and China via Beijing, we are honoured to be the cultural, social and economic bridge between our two great destinations. This new service demonstrates AirChina’s commitment to expanded connectivity for the mutual benefits of our countries and people,” said Yinxiang Wang, co-chair of Air China.
Houston becomes Air China’s fifth gateway in North America, following Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Vancouver.