Air China Launches New Route to Capital of Fashion and Art

By Air China, PRNE
Monday, April 25, 2011

Roundtrip Beijing-Milan flights to start at RMB2,600

BEIJING, April 26, 2011 - Air China announced today the impending launch of its new route between
Beijing and Milan on June 15. The route will be serviced by a wide-body
Airbus A330. As the second largest city in Italy, Milan is world-famous for
its fashion, art and culture. Air China is the only Chinese airline to fly
direct routes to the city from Beijing, greatly benefiting travelers in
pursuit of fashion and art. Roundtrip airfare for the first flight on June 15
starts at RMB2600, with ticket prices for flights within the route opening
period starting at RMB3200. Passengers can book tickets on Air China's
website ( or through its ticket hotline.

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Air China's Beijing-Milan route will offer flights every Monday,
Wednesday and Saturday, on flight numbers CA949 and CA950. Outbound flights
will leave Beijing at 13:30 and arrive in Milan at 19:00. Return flights will
depart from Milan at 13:30 and arrive in Beijing the next day at 13:30. The
trip is 11 hours and 30 minutes each way. Air China officially launched a
direct Shanghai-Milan route in May, 2008, but the route from Beijing to Milan
is yet to be opened. In the past, the journey would normally take passengers
approximately 17 hours to complete and usually required a transfer. The new
route will not only make the trip more convenient but also save a lot of

Mr. Zhou Enyong, General Manager of Air China's Marketing Department,
said, "The Beijing-Milan route is an expansion of Air China's network in
Europe, successfully making Air China the airline with the most European
routes among China's domestic airlines. Air China is committed to building
its domestic and international network. Since joining the Star Alliance in
2007, Air China's international network has been strengthened to cover 29
countries and regions. Moreover, our new routes to Europe will help satisfy
growing market demand for travel to Europe and bring more convenience to both
Chinese and European passengers."

Graham Norris, Ogilvy PR Worldwide, graham.norris at

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