• Air China 'bulk buy' deal offers fast track to Star Alliance Gold

    If you’re frequently heading to China, it pays to bulk buy your fares with Air China – not only do you save on each trip, you’ll also receive the additional benefits of earning Air China’s Gold Phoenix Miles card (equivalent to Star Alliance Gold). To sweeten things, you&...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Air China boosts Sydney-Beijing to a Boeing 777

    Air China will upgrade its Sydney-Beijing flights to a Boeing 777-300ER in early 2019 as the Star Alliance member plans for high demand across the southern summer holidays and Chinese New Year. The flagship jet levels up the travel experience from the Airbus A330 which usually plies this route, ...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Air China's new Airbus A350 business class raises the bar

    Air China has revealed its all-new business class for its Airbus A350 fleet as the first of the advanced jets took wing from Toulouse to Beijing overnight. The date was not by accident: a delivery flight on the eighth day of the eighth month reflects the importance of the number eight in Chinese...

    POSTED 9 Aug, 2018 14 Comments

  • Air China to fly Brisbane-Beijing direct from December 2017

    Air China will begin direct flights between Brisbane and Beijing from December 11, shortly after Qantas partner China Eastern shifts to daily Brisbane-Shanghai flights. The moves mark a dramatic uptick in business and corporate travel opportunities between Brisbane and China's two largest cities...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • Air China business class upgrade guide

    Stuck flying in Air China economy? If you're booked on a flexible ticket, you may be able to upgrade that economy seat for a place in business class, using frequent flyer points (or miles) from an array of Star Alliance programs. Among them: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchi...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2017 3 Comments

  • Beijing's new mega-airport will shake up Chinese airline market

    Like ancient warlords, China's three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China controlling Beijing, China Eastern holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Rising on a plain south of B...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2017 12 Comments

  • Air China axes Melbourne-Shenzhen flights (again)

    UPDATE | Having finally launched non-stop Melbourne-Shenzhen flights on June 20 following a string of earlier delays and cancellations, Air China is one again axing its Melbourne-Shenzhen flights, with the service to wrap next month – less than six weeks after it began. Air China's final f...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2017 21 Comments

  • Avianca LifeMiles unlocks low-cost business, first class flights

    UPDATE | A new Avianca 'buy miles' promotion is paying out up to 125% more LifeMiles until September 30, which can be redeemed for travel on Thai Airways, Air Canada and across the Star Alliance. For this promotion only, the usual 150,000 miles-per-year cap is boosted to 337,500 miles (including...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2016 25 Comments

  • Air China launches Sydney-Chengdu flights, Melbourne-Shenzhen to follow

    Air China is set to significantly expand its presence in Australian skies with the launch of direct flights to Shenzhen and Chengdu later this year. A new Sydney-Chengdu route starting November 12, 2016 will complement the airline’s existing Australian flights to Beijing and Shan...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 18 Comments

  • Flying to secondary cities in China: your non-stop options explained

    Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are all major destinations for Australian business travellers, yet there’s growing demand for journeys further afield with eight airlines now flying or soon to fly directly between our shores and 11 other cities across mainland China. Among them, Chengdu, Sh...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 14 Comments

  • The best seats in business class on Air China's Airbus A330-200s

    Flying from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai and Beijing, Star Alliance member Air China's Airbus A330-200s offer every business class traveller a fully-flat bed, but whether you'll get a good night's sleep is another matter. That's because the airline employs a 2-2-2 layout at the pointy end wi...

    POSTED 19 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • Air China boosts Sydney-Beijing flights

    Sydney will gain an extra four weekly non-stop flights to Beijing over the busy summer and early autumn travel period with Star Alliance member Air China ramping up services from the Chinese capital. From November 16 2015 through March 26 2016, CA194 flies to Beijing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursd...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2015 3 Comments

  • Air China: we

    With the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission moving to block Qantas’ proposed joint venture with China Eastern, Air China would consider stepping up if Qantas’ negotiations with the consumer watchdog came to a standstill. “We do not rule out those possibilities,&rdqu...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2015 18 Comments

  • Air China plans first class, Boeing 777 on Melbourne-Beijing flights

    Melbournians could soon be swanning their way to Beijing in Air China first class, with the airline contemplating a swap from the current A330s – offering business class and economy – to its larger Boeing 777s, complete with first class. Huang Bo, Chairman of the Air China Commercial...

    POSTED 21 Apr, 2015 17 Comments

  • Air New Zealand, Air China plan new partnership

    Air New Zealand and Air China are gearing up for an alliance on services between China and New Zealand. Similar to the partnership between AirNZ and Singapore Airlines, the proposed hook-up would see fellow Star Alliance member Air China introduce a daily direct service between Beijing and Auckl...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2015 0 Comments

  • Air China goes daily on Melbourne flights to Beijing, Shanghai

    Air China is ramping up its flights between Melbourne and Beijing with the launch of a new, non-stop service four times each week from June – giving the airline at least one flight each day between Victoria and either Beijing or Shanghai. Running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2015 15 Comments

  • Air New Zealand, Air China ink strategic alliance

    There's definitely a bit of 'east meets west' in the air, with Air New Zealand and Air China inking a 'strategic alliance' agreement in the same week that Qantas revealed plans for a joint venture with China Eastern. The proposed alliance between the two flag carriers, who are also Star All...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2014 1 Comment

  • Photos: Inside Air China's Boeing 747-8 first, business class

    Air China's first Boeing 747-8i takes to the skies this week, with an all-new interior created for the Chinese flag carrier by JPA Design. The 747-8i – essentially a stretched next-gen version of the popular Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet – contains first, business, premium economy and eco...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2014 13 Comments

  • Air China's first Boeing 747-8 routes: Guangzhou, Frankfurt

    Air China is now the proud owner of a Boeing 747-8 – the first airline in Asia to operate the passenger version of the new-generation jumbo. CA1315 from Beijing to Guangzhou on October 11 2014 will be Air China's first Boeing 747-8 passenger flight, giving travellers a chance to hitch a ri...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2014 9 Comments

  • Air China brings first class, Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney

    Air China will introduce first class on its Sydney-Beijing flights over the peak Australian summer travel period. That’s made possible by the airline switching its usual Airbus A330 bird with the grander Boeing 777-300ER, which is set to happen from December 11 2014 through to March 5 2015...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2014 0 Comments

  • Air China goes double daily on London Heathrow flights: shorter transits from Sydney

    Air China will ramp up its London Heathrow flights to double daily from October, resulting in shorter connection times in Beijing for travellers making the full trek from Sydney. The airline is also swapping out the Boeing 777-300ER from the Beijing-London route for a smaller Airbus A330 on both...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2014 2 Comments

  • Lufthansa, Air China to form joint venture partnership

    Air China and German airline Lufthansa have pledged to form a joint venture partnership, comprising “better flight connections and services” for travellers. The details haven’t yet been finalised, but will go further into the operations of the two airlines with collaboration in...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2014 0 Comments

  • Lufthansa to axe mileage purchases from Miles & More

    German airline Lufthansa is removing the ability to buy miles in its Miles & More frequent flyer program from next month. Mileage purchases put travellers within reach of award bookings when they’re short just a few points, but many savvy travellers frequently stock up on miles for mor...

    POSTED 18 Jun, 2014 0 Comments

  • How China's "big four" domestic airlines compare

    Planning a business trip to China and researching what you can expect when flying domestically on China's "big four" airlines — Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines? Australian Business Traveller reader Chris Tudehope spent a month in Beijing, travelling extensively...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2013 11 Comments

  • Air China upgrades Sydney-Beijing with new 777 business class

    Air China is upgrading the seats on its Sydney-Beijing flight, with new fully flat beds -- and thirty more of them -- on board a larger Boeing 777-300ER plane. That's a serious business travel boost from the Airbus A330 the airline will be using up until the switch on 11 December. As you can se...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2012 8 Comments

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