Air China announces weekly flights from Beijing to Sao Paulo

23 October 2006

Beijing, China, 23 Oct – Air China is due to start a flight between Beijing and Sao Paulo with a stop off in Madrid, Spain, as of December 10, according to a local press report.

According to the Beijing Youth Daily, this would be the first time a Chinese company had a route from China to Latin America and will also be the first time Air China flies to Brazil.

Air China is the national airline of China and was launched on July 1, 1988.

Formerly the international air carrier of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), the company became Air China when the Chinese government decided to split the CAAC’s operations into three different airlines, each with its own name.

In January 2005, Air China was 69-percent owned by the China National Aviation Holding Company , while Cathay Pacific owned 10 percent and the remaining 21 percent were listed on the stock exchange.

On May 22, 2006, Air China signed an agreement with Germany’s Lufthansa and became part of the Star Alliance group of airlines. (macauhub)