Air China launches 2nd nonstop Beijing-LA flight
Updated: 2011-09-02 10:54
LOS ANGELES -- The second daily nonstop flight between Beijing and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), operated by Air China, was launched amid a grand water cannon salute held Thursday.
"The additional service between our two cities reaffirms the close ties between our countries," Chinese Ambassador to the US, Zhang Yesui said in a speech delivered on the site. "It is our hope that this will also serve to promote a closer exchange between the US and China not only in trade but also among its people."
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles Qiu Shaofang as well as other officials from Air China and airport authorities cut the ribbon for the inauguration of the new flight. A Boeing 747-400 combi, which has arrived at LAX on the maiden flight, was bathed in water as two Los Angeles Fire Department engines water cannoned during the ceremony held on the tarmac.
The new flight will significantly reduce the ground time at the Beijing Capital International Airport for passengers, "making the Chinese capital a true global hub," Chi Zhihang, vice president and general manager for Air China's North America said.
Air China, the flagship carrier of China, will begin next year to operate in all US routes with Boeing 777-300ERs, which feature customer-friendly amenities including suites, flat beds and individual entertainment facilities, according to the airline.
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