Air China

(国Chinese中国 国际 航空公司/中国 国际 航空公司, Pinyin Zhōngguó Guoji Hángkōng Gongsi, English Chinese International Aviation Company, abbreviated航) Air China is China Southern Airlines, the second largest airline in The People 's Republic of China, based in Beijing and a member of the airline alliance Star Alliance.


Air China began flights on 1 July 1988; previously it was the international part of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC ), which had been founded in 1939 to complete military flights from the former Republic of China to Central Russia. The first line aircraft of the CAAC was the Lisunow Li -2. After that, the Ilyushin Il -14, which was soon replaced by the Ilyushin Il -18 came.

The first jet was the Hawker Siddeley Trident and was appointed in 1970. The first long-haul flights took over the Ilyushin Il- 62M and the Boeing 707 In 1980, the CAAC its first Boeing 747 Air China received its first Boeing 737-300 on 13 March 1993, and the 737-700 on June 17, 2003 and the 737 -800 on 17 August 1999.

In 1988, the CAAC was split into individual regional companies with international operations and the Air China. Air China's large space fleet now consists of Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777- 300ER, the two versions of the Airbus A330 and the Airbus A340 -300.

Air China is a member of the Star Alliance since 2007 December. Last year, 48.68 million passengers were transported on flights operated by Air China.

Air China holds shares in several airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Shenzhen Airlines, Air Macau, Dalian Airlines, Beijing Airlines and Tibet Airlines; Air China Group operated until 31 December 2012, a total of 461 aircraft with an average age of 6.49 years. Air China operates a frequent flyer program called Phoenix Miles currently has 25.65 million members.

Air China was downgraded in November 2013 by Skytrax on the status of a three- star airline, as product quality no longer meets the minimum requirements for the four star.


Air China is next to China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Grand China Air one of the few Chinese airlines, destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America flies to. In German-speaking countries following objectives operated:

Since May 7, 2013, the Geneva- Beijing -Geneva will be flown as a non-stop flight four times per week with an Airbus A330 -200 beyond. Beginning with the 6th June 2014, the Munich- Shanghai -Munich is four times a week are nonstop operated with a A330 -200, on May 5, 2014, a non-stop flight Vienna - Beijing Vienna are included. The route is flown four times a week with an A330 -300.

Air China is a member of the Star Alliance and has codeshare agreements with, among others, Lufthansa, Finnair, Austrian, Swiss, and All Nippon Airways. According to press reports, Air China should operate the route Beijing -Paris- Beijing with one operated by China Southern Airbus A380 -800. The negotiations between the two airlines but were declared on May 9, 2013 failed.


As of September 2013 the fleet of Air China consists of 309 aircraft with an average age of 6.6 years.

In March 2011, Air China signed a letter of intent for the purchase of five Boeing 747-8. The purchase was confirmed on 6 September 2012. In March 2013, the airline increased its order on 7 copies. On April 7, 2013, Air China said in a mandatory notice to the Shanghai Stock Exchange to appoint hundred aircraft at Airbus, to quench the hunger expansion in the passenger area. To what type it is, is not yet fully understood.


  • On April 15, 2002, a Boeing 767 - 300ER aircraft flew on its way from Beijing to Busan during a landing attempt in bad weather in a hill. Here 128 of 166 people were on board lost their lives.