Air China is the state-owned airline of the People’s Republic of China. It was founded in 1988 and is headquartered at Beijing Tianzhu airport. Air China flights depart mainly from its three main hubs, Beijing Capital International Airport, Shuangliu Airport in western China and Shanghai Pudong International airport. The Air China flight network covers destinations in Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe and North America.
Air China flights from the UK depart from London Heathrow airport, flying to hubs in Beijing and Shanghai.
Passengers booked on cheap flights from Air China will depart from London Heathrow Terminal 3. The duration of flights from London to Beijing is approximately 10 hours. Air China became a member of the Star Alliance in December 2007, joining Lufthansa, Air Canada, Thai Airways and more than 20 other leading world airlines.
The check-in closing time for Air China flights from London is 45 minutes before departure.
The checked baggage allowance on Air China flights is 40kg in First Class, 30kg in Business Class and 20kg in Economy Class. Carry-on baggage allowance for First Class and Business is two pieces of luggage up to 8kg each. Economy passengers are permitted one bag up to 5kg.
The seat pitch for long haul Air China flights is 34 inches in Economy, between 42-60 inches in Business Class and between 62-85 inches in First Class.
Frequent Flyer Programme
Regular passengers on Air China flights can accrue bonus points as part of the PhoenixMiles frequent flyer programme. PhoenixMiles can be redeemed towards cheap flights from Air China and other carriers.
Air China is the only airline in the country to carry the Chinese national flag. The logo of Air China is the phoenix, a divine bird from ancient Chinese legend that has been adopted by the Chinese people as a lucky symbol. The Air China logo also forms an artistic interpretation of the acronym “VIP”.