Air China (CA), one of the major airlines of People's Republic of China, has its base at the Beijing Capital International Airport. Considered the world's biggest airline in terms of market capitalisation, China Air takes the entire responsibility of all exclusive flight tasks of the Chinese national leaders visiting abroad. This thoroughly demonstrates the prestigious status of China Air as the national flag carrier. The airline is also a member of Star Alliance. The main hubs of Air China are at Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Air China operates flights to about 120 destinations across the globe.
As of March 2011, the Air China fleet comprises of 263 aircrafts, with an average age of 7.4 years. The competent and modern fleet of Air China includes 33 Airbus A319-100, 14 Airbus A320-200, 28 Airbus A321-200, 16 Airbus A330-200, 5 Airbus A330-300, 6 Airbus A340-300, 27 Boeing 737-300, 20 Boeing 737-700, 77 Boeing 737-800, 4 Boeing 747-400, 5 Boeing 747-400M, 10 Boeing 757-200, 3 Boeing 767-300, 1 Boeing 767-300ER, and 10 Boeing 777-200 aircrafts.
The Baggage Allowance policy of China Air clearly says that any kind of unchecked baggage must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of passenger. For First Class and Business Class travellers, the weight of unchecked baggage must not be in excess of 8 kilograms per passenger. For Economy Class, the unchecked luggage allowance is 5 kilograms per passenger. Two pieces of unchecked baggage is allowed with First and Business Class, and one piece of unchecked baggage is allowed with Economy Class. The dimension specification is 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm (l x b x h). Free-checked in baggage allowance for all domestic and international flights, excluding US, Canada, and Brazil routes, allow passengers to carry 20 kilograms of baggage for each passenger in Economy Class, 30 kilograms in First Class and 40 kilograms in First Class. The baggage policy for flights between Canada and Brazil, as well as China and USA, varies and passenger must check with the travel agents before boarding the flight.-Less
Awards & Recognition
In September, 2005, Air China got the award for the "Top Ten Most Favorable National Brands of China". Air China received an award for the "Best Frequent Flyer Program of the Year 2005" in the Readers' Choice Gold List activities organized by the National Geographic Traveler. On March 3rd, 2007, Air China received the honour of being the Best Airline in China in a competition for the most favoured airline.
Air China History
Air China was established on July 1st, 1988 because of a split within the operating division of CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China). Just after CAAC was restructured in 1987, Air China, which was one of the six divisions, was given the responsibility for intercontinental flights and it took over CAAC's long haul routes and aircrafts. Air China was given autonomy on July 1st, 1988. In all these years, Air China has grown by leaps and bounds, and has evolved to be one of the best airlines in China, for both domestic and international air-travel. Air China got listed on London and Hong Kong Stock Exchange on December 15th, 2004. On August 18th, 2006, the airline got itself listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange. On December 12th, 2007, it formally joined the Star Alliance, which is the largest airline alliance in world. On December 23rd, 2010, Air China started offering combo tickets, which included domestic flight tickets and shuttle bus service to nearby cities. The attempt was the first-ever made by any Chinese airline.
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