Air China Receives Top Spanish Tourism Award

By Air China, PRNE
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Recognized for maintaining direct flights between China and Spain

BEIJING, December 3, 2010 - Air China yesterday received Spain's highest tourism industry award, the
"Plaque for Tourist Merit." Air China is the first foreign airline to receive
the award, which is given to organizations and individuals for contributing
to the Spanish tourism industry.


The Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Miguel Sebastian
presented the award on Thursday night in a ceremony held at Madrid's Teatro
de la Abadia. "I want to congratulate Air China for their efforts to
establish and maintain direct flights between Madrid and Beijing," said the
Minister. Sebastian also said that Air China's initiative was important,
given that Spain was working to raise the number of Chinese tourists visiting
Spain over the next 10 years, with a target of 200,000 in 2012 and up to a
million by 2020.

The presentation of the plaque was accompanied by a video,
which congratulated Air China for, "closing the distance between China and
Spain," saying it was a "brave proposal that is helping to bring the two
countries together."

Air China is the only carrier operating direct flights from Beijing to
Madrid. Opened in 2006, the route currently runs six direct flights a week, a
number that's expected to increase in the future.

Mr. Wang Jin'an, Vice Chairman of Commercial Committee, said, "Air China
is very honored to receive Spain's highest tourism industry award. We look
forward to bringing China and Spain even closer together in the future with
more direct flights and new routes."

Air China: Carrying China, Spanning the World

Air China is China's only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance
member. With a fleet of over 280 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Air China's 264
routes serve 32 countries and regions. Thanks to the airline's admission to
the Star Alliance, Air China's route network, with Beijing as its hub,
includes 1,172 destinations in 159 countries. Air China now has over 10
million members in its frequent flyers program.

For more information, please visit Air China website

    Graham Norris
    Ogilvy PR Worldwide

Graham Norris, Ogilvy PR Worldwide, +86-10-8520-6385, graham.norris at

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