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An Air China 777 sits on the ramp at Houston Intercontinental Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Air China Begins Fifth Freedom Route Between Houston and Panama City

China and Panama City are now connected through Air China via Houston. Air China opened up its first fifth freedom route from the United States to Panama, an addition to its five-times-weekly flight from Beijing to Houston. Despite flying to Houston throughout the week, the flight to Panama will only operate two days a week on Friday and Sunday. The flight will be served by Air China’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft just 2 hours and 30 minutes after it makes its…

Air China Ends Flights to North Korea Amid Tensions

On Monday, Air China flew its last scheduled flight to Pyongyang, North Korea after operating the route for nine years. The Beijing-based carrier was the only airline in the world which offered flights to the isolated nation, other than North Korea’s own state-sponsored airline, Air Koryo. Despite their shared border,…

American Launches Los Angeles to Beijing Route

As of Nov. 5, American Airlines launched flights to Beijing from Los Angeles, becoming the first U.S.-based carrier to operate this route. American 181 will depart daily from Los Angeles (LAX) at 10:55 A.M., and arrive at Beijing International Airport (PEK) at 4:20 P.M. the next day. The return flight,…

OPINION: Laborious Transit Experience at Beijing International Airport

Back when my wife and I were booking flights for our trip from Montreal to Mumbai, we had many options to choose from. There were obviously numerous possibilities via Europe, the Middle East and USA, including: - Air Canada / Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich - British Airways via London…