6 New Routes to China for 2008-2009
On September 25, 2007, US Department of Transportation awarded 6 new China routes for the next 2 years:
||Atlanta - Shanghai
||March 30, 2008
||San Francisco - Guangzhou
||Cleveland - Newark - Shanghai
||Detroit - Shanghai
||March 25, 2009
||Chicago - Beijing
||March 25, 2009
||Charlotte - Philadelphia - Beijing
The Secretary of Transportation predicted in the announcement, "Once all these new routes are in place, not only will the quality and frequency of service between our two countries improve, but ticket prices are likely to fall." Mary Peters also said, "These routes are the lifeblood of local businesses that need to get to China to meet with customers, broaden their market share and ultimately expand their operations back home. And they are the best way to break down the barriers and misconceptions that too often divide our two countries.
Click here for the full China Route announcement.
FlyChina's Newly-Improved Website Easier Than Ever
After reviewing many suggestions, we have improved our website in
the following areas:
- Now, our Low Fare Wizard shows flight itineraries that can be
confirmed and purchased online. When our Low Fare Wizard
locates a fare that is lower than these automated itineraries,
the fare will be shown as an "Itinerary and booking by email"
option. Through this email option, our agents will search for
the best itinerary and fare for you.
- We now provide an easy-to-use input screen for city selection,
with more choices and the option to enter your airport code or
city name. You can also select your travel dates using the
calendar provided. Should you encounter a problem using our
website, please call us at 1-800-318-1363.
- Multi-city fare search is now available. For example, you can
choose to fly to Shanghai and return from Beijing.
- Order your tickets online securely without faxing forms.
- With the new flexible date option, our Low Fare Wizard searches
fares not only on your selected travel dates, but also on the
prior and next dates, so that a better fare may possibly be found.
- Improved Business Class and First Class fare search.
- Flying within the US? Within China? Or to Europe?
We can do it all!
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New Sister Websites: FlyHongKong.com and FlyTaiwan.com
Flying to Hong Kong or Taiwan? We have recently launched our sister
brands: FlyHongKong.com and FlyTaiwan.com.
Please let your friends from Hong Kong and Taiwan know these
easy-to-remember website names.
United to Fly Washington DC to Beijing Non-stop
According to United Airlines, it will introduce the first-ever nonstop, capital-to-capital service beginning March 28, 2007.
"Our new nonstop, capital-to-capital service will provide unprecedented convenience for the growing number of travelers from the East Coast to China, which is particularly important when you consider that nearly 68,000 D.C.-area residents travel to China annually,” said Dennis Cary, United’s senior vice president of Marketing. "Washington, D.C., will join 28 other world capitals in offering nonstop service to Beijing. We look forward to providing our customers another gateway to China and more opportunities to travel to the Olympic Games in Beijing next year."
The daily flight uses a three-class, 347-seat B747-400, has a network of 16 flight connections to cities within China through United's code-share alliances with Air China and Shanghai Airlines.
Flight 897 leaves Washington Dulles at 12:23pm and arrive Beijing next day at 1:55pm.
The return flight 898 leaves Beijing at 6:30pm and arrive DC at 7:46pm.
After the launch of the Beijing-Washington, D.C., service, United will offer customers five daily, nonstop flights to Mainland China -- all operated with a B747-400 aircraft. The other routes include Chicago-Beijing, San Francisco-Beijing, Chicago-Shanghai, and San Francisco-Shanghai.
Air China to Make San Francisco Flight Daily
According to Travel Agent magazine, Air China will be upping its San Francisco-Beijing lift to daily service beginning April 1, 2007.
China Eastern Fly New York to Shanghai Non-stop
China Eastern Airlines began the only non-stop flight from Eastern US to Shanghai on December 8, 2006. The service operates using Airbus 340 aircraft for the 15-hour flight.
Flight 588 leaves New York Kennedy at 1:30am and arrive Shanghai next day at 4:50am.
The return flight 587 leaves Shanghai at 6:30pm and arrive New York at 8:45pm.
Low-Fare Carrier Apply to Fly between Hong Kong and US
February 9, 2007 - According to Travel Weekly, a new Hong Kong-based low-fare carrier Oasis filed an application with the Transportation Dept. Feb. 7 for permission to start service to the U.S., flying to both Oakland, Calif., and Chicago, beginning Summer 2007.
Oasis, which began its first service with two-class flights on 747 aircraft between Hong Kong and London in October, 2006, wants DOT approval to fly to both Oakland, Calif., and Chicago. According to the filing, the Hong Kong-Oakland service would come first, scheduled to begin June 1 at four times a week and to become daily July 1, with Chicago to be added at an unspecified time. The airline's Hong Kong-London one-way fares start at $148 for coach and $926 for business.
The airline said it is selecting airports where passengers can make connections to other destinations, often on other low-cost carriers. It noted Oakland has low-fare flights. Oasis doesn't name which flights it has in mind, but JetBlue flies from Oakland to five other U.S. destinations.
American Fly Chicago-Shanghai
American Airlines began the non-stop service to China on April 2, 2006.
The 14-hour flight between Chicago and Shanghai uses Boeing 777 aircraft.
American Airlines provides seamless connections to many cities in eastern and central US.
Flight 289 leaves Chicago at 11:05am and arrive Shanghai next day at 2:15pm.
The return flight 288 leaves Shanghai at 4:25pm and arrive Chicago at 5:00pm.
Use our Low Fare Wizard on our home page to book your trip, click here.
Continental Fly Newark-Beijing Non-Stop
Continental Airlines has begun service to Beijing, China from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Daily nonstop service began on June 15, 2005 and is operated by a 283-seat Boeing 777-200ER, 48 in BusinessFirst and 235 in coach.
Continental is the only U.S. carrier offering daily nonstop service from New York to China.
The 13-hour flight (CO 89) departs Newark at noon, arriving in Beijing at 1:50 p.m. the next day.
The return flight (CO 88) leaves China at 3:50 p.m., arriving in the US 13 hrs. 25 minutes later at 5:15 p.m.
Continental Airlines is part of SkyTeam alliance, you can choose to earn and redeem Continental OnePass, Delta SkyMiles or Northwest WorldPerks mileages.
FlyChina Story on Newspaper Sun-Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale (2/28/2005) -- In the Monday Business Section of Sun-Sentinel, South Florida's major newspaper, Business Writer Doreen Hemlock wrote about how FlyChina fills the need for travelers to China during past 8 years.
Click here for the full story.
Air China and US Carriers Reduce Baggage Allowance
Air China, American Airlines, United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Continetal Airlines reduced the free weight allowance for transpacific checked baggage for customers in Coach Class. The free weight allowance for checked baggage will be 50 pounds (23 kilograms) per piece, a total of 2 pieces are allowed.
This change has been partially caused by the high fuel cost, according to the airlines.
According to China Eastern and China Southern Airlines, their free transpacific weight limit will still be 70 pounds for the time being. However, some code-share flights operated by US carriers are subject to
50 lbs per bag limits.
United and Air China Alliance
United and Air China began code share and reciprocate on
frequent flyer programs, on Oct 31, 2003. In total, the
two airlines offer 26 nonstop code share flights
a week between the US and China. The flights are:
San Francisco-Shanghai, Chicago-Beijing, Los Angeles-
Beijing, New York-Beijing and San Francisco-Beijing. You
can earn United MileagePlus miles when you purchase an
Air China code-share-flight ticket.
United also has code-share China domestic flights to
Guangzhou, Shenyang, Xian, Fuzhou and Shenzhen. And Air
China has code-share US domestic flights to Atlanta,
Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis,
New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and
Air China Adds Beijing-Sapporo Service
According to Travel Agent magazine, on April 18, 2007, Air China will begin operating nonstop flights between Beijing and Sapporo twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This new service comes in addition to Air China's existing code share relationship with All Nippon Airways on routes linking China and Japan.
China Southern Unveils Major International Expansion
Feb 14, 2007 - According to Travel Agent magazine,
China Southern Airlines has major plans for growth in 2007, with new routes to such destinations as Cambodia, India, Japan, Laos, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Nigeria. The news is especially noteworthy, says Si Xian Min, president of the carrier, because it is the first increase of such magnitude from Baiyun International Airport and also is China Southern's largest-scale expansion of routes within the span of a single year. In line with this expansion, China Southern is adding 68 new jets by the end of this year, bringing its fleet of aircraft to 440. The carrier also will become a full member of the SkyTeam Alliance during the second half of 2007.