Air China to launch third weekly flight from Beijing to Sao Paulo

11 April 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11 April – The air route linking Beijing and Sao Paulo run by Air China is planned to have a further flight each week before the end of the year, the air carrier’s spokesman in Brazil Alex Tseng told Macauhub.

The route, which is currently run twice weekly, departs on Thursdays and Sundays and has been running since December 2006 and has had an occupancy rate of 85 percent.

The third weekly flight, according to Tseng, is expected to be launched by the end of the year based on increased demand due to the Beijing Olympic Games.

Tseng added that the flights had been in high demand by Chinese residents in Brazil and some of the seats were taken up by people flying to Madrid, the city where the flight has a 90 minute stop off.

The flight from Sao Paulo to Beijing takes 23 hours and offers economy and executive class.

Air China was set up in 1988 and currently runs international flights to Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and South America and has over 200 routes within China.

In 2006 the company posted net profit of US$388.7 million. (macauhub)