Air China’s Latest U.S. Expansion Connects Silicon Valley and Shanghai

–China’s exclusive national carrier announces new nonstop San José
(SJC)-Shanghai (PVG) service–

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Air China’s robust expansion in North America continues with the launch
of its thrice weekly nonstop service between San José and Shanghai on
Sept. 1, 2016. The new flight will be operated by A330-200, offering
business and economy class cabins.


San José will be Air China’s tenth gateway in North America and its
first destination with direct connections to Shanghai from the Silicon
Valley. The carrier’s other U.S. and Canada gateways offer nonstop
services to Beijing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark,
Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver and Montreal.

“This has been a tremendous year for Mineta San José International
Airport and I’m excited that Silicon Valley business and leisure
travelers will soon be able to fly nonstop to Shanghai,” said San Jose
Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Shanghai is a major center of commerce in China and
one of the top five requested international destinations by Silicon
Valley travelers, and this flight will help strengthen the economic ties
between our two regions. I thank Air China for its commitment to and
investment in San José.”

A bustling and vibrant world city known for its soaring skyscrapers and
stunning blend of old and new, tradition and technology, culture and
commerce, Shanghai pairs well with America’s Silicon Valley—the global
center for technology and innovation.

“Linking two forward-looking cities is a fulfillment of our company’s
mission of promoting economic growth and connectivity. The
interdependence of two of the world’s largest economies makes the San
Jose-Shanghai service a compelling case in this age of globalization,”
Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China’s Vice President of North America, stated.

He added, “The new service is a response to a strong demand in Silicon
Valley for a direct flight to Shanghai. More significantly, it is a
result of our collaborative partnership with the City of San José and
the Mineta San José International Airport management team.”

A corporate survey conducted in 2012 revealed Shanghai as the top Asian
destination by Silicon Valley travelers. Shanghai has also the largest
number of Silicon Valley company locations in China.

According to the U.S. Census, San José serves a very large Chinese
market and other Asian ethnic groups that can benefit from Air China’s
new nonstop service.

“We’re pleased to jointly announce Air China’s new nonstop flights
between Shanghai and Silicon Valley,” said Director of Aviation Kim
Becker. “Together, Air China, Mineta San José International Airport and
Silicon Valley executives who travel to Asia will continue to work in
partnership to make this important route an unqualified success.”

Details of the San Jose (SJC) -Shanghai (PVG) service:

Flight #     Origin-Destination     Departure*     Arrival*     Frequency     Aircraft
CA 829     Shanghai-San José     1330     1040     Tue, Thu, Sat     A330-200
CA830     San José-Shanghai     1230     1640+1**     Tue, Thu, Sat     A330-200

Note: * All times are local. ** +1 = Next day.
Days of operation and times are subject to seasonal changes.

The new flight announcement is Air China’s latest in a round of
expansions in the United States and Canada. In July 2015, Air China
increased its nonstop Los Angeles-Beijing to three times daily. In Sept.
last year, the airline launched its historic thrice weekly nonstop
Montreal-Beijing service, the first to connect Montreal directly to
China and the rest of Asia. A month later, it launched its nonstop
Newark-Beijing flights.

About Air China

A Star Alliance member and China’s exclusive national carrier, Air China
is the only airline granted the privilege of having the flag of China
painted on the fuselage of its fleet. In addition to its commercial
operations, it also provides exclusive special flight services for
China’s senior government officials on state visits to other countries.
It is the top Asian airline in brand value, according to Brand Finance
2016. As well, it is the only airline in the top 20 of Millward Brown’s
Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2016.

With a fleet of 590 passenger aircraft and freighters, Air China serves
174 cities in 40 countries and regions. It offers access to 1330
destinations in 193 countries through its Star Alliance affiliation. It
holds the controlling shares in Air Macau, Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong
Airlines, Dalian Airlines, Tibet Airlines, Beijing Airlines and Air
China Inner Mongolia Limited. Next to the Swire Group, Air China is the
second largest stakeholder of Cathay Pacific Airways.

Visit www.airchina.us
or call 800-882-8122 for sales and reservations.

About Mineta San José International Airport

Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport,
a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San Jose.
SJC serves 10 million passengers annually, and with new service to
Shanghai offers 166 peak daily departures on 14 domestic and
international carriers to 38 nonstop destinations.

SJC’s five-star customer service experience sets it apart from other Bay
Area and U.S. airports. Airlines and passengers respond positively to
SJC’s customer amenities, including modern terminal buildings, free and
fast WiFi, comfortable seating with built-in power outlets, a luxurious,
award-winning lounge open to all travelers, a duty free store offering
an enhanced shopping experience, a rental car center conveniently
located across from the terminals, and the Mobile Passport app and
Global Entry kiosks to expedite arriving international passengers.
Silicon Valley’s airport is located in San José, California’s third
largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. SJC
facts can be found here
. For more airport information, visit www.flysanjose.com.

Contacts

Air China
Lillibeth Canet Bishop
310-744-8231
lillibeth@airchina.us
or
Mineta
San José International Airport

Rosemary Barnes
Media Line:
408.392.1199
rbarnes@sjc.org