China: Air China increases flights to Brazil

4 December 2007

Beijing, China, 4 Dec – Air China has increased its flights between Beijing and Sao Paulo from two to three per week, due to increased demand, the Chinese official press said Monday.

Increased demand, according to state Chinese news agency, New China, also led Air China to replace its Boeing 767-300, which was initially used on the route, with an Airbus A330, which has greater capacity.

The Chinese state carrier in December 2006 launched its route to Brazil, with a stopover in Madrid, focusing on the tourism and business market, with the official aim of promoting economic, cultural and educational exchange between China and South America.

This route was the first to directly link China to a Latin American country, as the aim of the link is also to take advantage of the Latin American tourist market.

In 2006 Air China transported 31.5 million passengers in 2006, or 13.8 percent more than in 2005, with a load factor of 75.9 percent, or 1.8 percentage points more than in the previous year. (macauhub)