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Air China is the flag carrier for the People's Republic of China and with flight operations based out of Beijing Capital International Airport serving Western Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Further flights out of Shanghai serve a significant number of Asian, European and Australian destinations. Air China operates a modern fleet of primarily Boeing and Airbus aircraft with a fleet number in excess of 300 aircraft. Passengers can expect a comfortable flight with generous legroom even in economy.
The onboard entertainment is extensive and fully interactive with films, music, audio and games to hand. With up to 100 films available in multiple languages there is bound to be something to satisfy your senses. Fine wines compliment delicious Chinese cuisine in the Business cabin. The Pavilion Business Class is described as a 'new travel experience' mixing style and comfort with an oriental twist.
Arriving at either Beijing or Shanghai airport the Business class passenger is offered the complimentary limousine service for luxurious transportation between the airport and their choice of destination. This is the perfect opportunity to unwind after a long flight and take in the sight and sounds of either of these vibrant and colourful cities before arrival at your hotel or business meeting.
Air China operates the recently introduced Capital Pavilion Business Class on select routes from China to North America, Europe, South America and Australia. Offering an extensive entertainment system, a seat that reclines to near horizontal and a complimentary ground limousine transportation service together with fine oriental inspired cuisine.
Taking advantage of the complimentary limousine service allows you to travel from your hotel to airport with the minimum of fuss, on time and ready for your flight. VIP lounges are available with complimentary wifi and are located close to Air China's check-in. Your choice of inflight catering is flexible and can be changed up until 4pm prior to the day you travel.
Check-in is possible via mobile between 24 hours and 90 minutes before departure but your boarding pass must be collected from the airport. Air China describes its inflight catering as 'sustainable, healthy, and gourmet dining in the air'. Working with over 100 catering suppliers, the aim is to create a varied blend of meals reflecting the local delicacies of the route being flown. Air China also caters for special dietary requirements (gluten-free, vegetarian, kosher, Hindu etc.).
For those flying economy on the Airbus A330 the inflight movie and music selection is varied and features a mix of Chinese and Western movies and music. These are all on-demand through a personal handset. A detailed list is available from the Air China website prior to travelling. Travelling on other aircraft the selection is less varied but nevertheless has a mix of Eastern and Western titles. Again, these can be downloaded prior to travel.
Air China is favourably reviewed by Skytrax for its seat comfort and legroom in its Economy class cabins. A premium economy upgrade is available on a number of aircraft and Air China operates its own frequent flyer reward scheme 'Phoenix Miles' which can be redeemed against flights, upgrades and extra baggage.
Tickets for Air China flights can be purchased online from the Air China website, from authorised online seller or locally through normal travel agents. Children between the ages of 2-12 can travel using the Children's Fare and infants travel at 90% of the adult fare. Air China offers a free baggage allowance of 1 piece up to 23 kg (maximum 'height+width+length' dimension of 158 cm) on all its international routes for economy passengers with infant-fare passengers being allowed one baggage with a maximum dimension of 115 cm, up to 23 kg.