Air China plans to increase frequency of flights between Beijing and Sao Paulo, Brazil

31 May 2013

Air China plans to increase its flights from Beijing to Sao Paulo in 2014 from two to three flights per week, in response to an expand rise in demand due to the Soccer World Cup in Brazil, the Air China sales director for Brazil said in Beijing.

André Carvalho noted that the figures for the first four months of 2013 show a need to increase the number of flights, as the Chinese airline had a load rate of around 90 percent, or 7 percentage points more than the rate for whole of 2012.

“We carried 19,000 passengers from Sao Paulo to Madrid and Beijing,” said Wu Xin, of the Air China sales department, cited by the Brazilian press.

The sales director also said that customers that planned to book flights on days on which Air China does not offer flights could buy tickets through Brazilian partner Tam or German partner Lufthansa, the only difference being that the stopover is in Frankfurt or Paris rather than Madrid.

Air China, which is part of the Star Alliance, uses an Airbus A330-20 on its Sao Paulo-Beijing route, and stops over in Madrid, Spain before carrying on to Beijing. (macauhub)