Air China - Cheap Flights, Flight Deals and Airline Tickets

Air China is both a major airline in China and also the national carrier. Founded in 1988, Air China is an incredibly busy airline with most of its flights being at least 80% full of passengers on average. With its main hubs at both Beijing Capital International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Air China currently services locations all over the world, including destinations throughout Asia and the Middle East, Western Europe, and also North America. Air China is one of the few airlines in the world that travels to the six inhabitable continents. Air China is currently ranked as a 3-Star Airline with Skytrax and has generally favorable reviews from customers when factoring in the value of the price the customer paid. Air China is also a member of the Star Alliance network and is the personal airline carrier of the President of China. Make sure that you get the best Air China ticket prices and cheap international flights on your next booking by subscribing to Skyscanner’s Price Alert for your next travel destination.

Air China is a major airline that has flight services to destinations all over the world. From one of their main hubs at Beijing Capital International Airport, which is the second busiest airport in the world, here are some popular domestic and international flights that Air China flies:

Air China Domestic:

  • Beijing, China to Beihai—3h 50mins, from $696 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Changchun—1h 55mins, from $397 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Chifeng—1h 10mins, from $191 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Dazhou—2h 30mins, from $436 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Mudanjiang—2h 25mins, from $463 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Ganzhou–3h, from $397 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Harbin—2h, from $325 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Nanchang—2h 35min, from $448 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Ningbo—2h 25mins, from $443 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Sanya—4h 10mins, from $780 USD.

Air China International:

  • Beijing, China to London, England—11h 20mins, from $1260 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Paris, France—11h 5mins, from $1484 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Rome, Italy—11h 25mins, from $1002 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Vancouver, Canada—10h 50mins, from $1159 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Los Angeles, USA—12h 10mins, from $1961 USD.
  • Beijing, China to San Francisco, USA—11h 30mins, from $1797 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Tokyo, Japan—3h 20mins, from $970 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Munich, Germany—10h 25mins, from $1006 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Madrid, Spain—11h 45mins, from $1391 USD.
  • Beijing, China to Mumbai, India—7h 50mins, from $672 USD.

10 Major Airports/Hubs serviced by China Airlines

Air China has a hub in one of the busiest airports in the world, Beijing Capital International Airport, and has flights to 6 continents, with services in many major airports. Here are ten major airports that Air China services internationally and the corresponding terminal that you will find Air China in.

  • Toronto, Canada; Toronto Pearson International Airport: Air China is located in Terminal1.
  • New York City, USA; John F. Kennedy International Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 1.
  • Los Angeles, USA; Los Angeles International Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 2.
  • Madrid, Spain; Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 1.
  • Rome, Italy; Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 3.
  • Paris, France; Charles de Gaulle Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 1.
  • São Paulo, Brazil; São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 3.
  • Tokyo, Japan; Narita International Airport: Air China is located in Terminal 1.
  • London, England; London Heathrow International Airport: Air China is located in strong>Terminal 2.
  • Vancouver, Canada; Vancouver International Airport: Air China is located in the International Terminal.

Types of Planes In Service for Air China

Air China has an expansive passenger fleet as well as a large cargo fleet (Air China Cargo). For its passenger aircraft, Air China uses both Airbus model aircraft (A319-100, A320-200, A320neo, A321-200, A330-200, A330-300) and Boeing models (737-700, 737-800, 737 MAX 8, 747-400, 747-8I, 777-200, 777-300ER, 787-9). Including the cargo carriers, Air China has a total fleet size of 392 aircrafts with more planes on order to keep up with customer demand.

Flight Deals With Air China

*Savings indicated are based on the percentage difference in price between the deal shown and the median price for the route. *Prices are updated every day. Limited availability. Subject to change.

Why Fly with Air China

Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles Promotions

Air China’s loyalty program, PhoenixMiles is a loyalty program partnership between itself and other Air China system carriers including, Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Air Macau, Dalian Airlines, Inner Mongolia Airlines, and Tibet Airlines. Members can also take advantage of exclusive miles bonuses by spending money with PhoenixMiles’ partner companies (hotels, car rentals, and banking corporations). Accumulated points can be exchanged for free flights or class upgrades.

For frequent Air China members, be sure to collect all of your miles as once you accumulate enough miles, you can qualify to be a PhoenixMiles Elite Member. Ranked from Silver to Gold, to Platinum, Elite Members have exclusive privileges with Air China, like miles bonuses, priority check-in, mileage bonuses, extra baggage allowance, airport lounge access, and more.

Air China also has a co-branded Visa credit card offered through ICBC and Air China. While using this credit card, passengers are able to have all the status and perks of a regular credit card, with the bonus of gaining extra PhoenixMiles for everyday purchases. With 6 cards to choose from, and Air China PhoenixMiles Peony Credit Card will help you accumulate free miles and get you to your favorite destinations.

How to Check In, Seat Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

Passengers with Air China have a variety of methods for check-in and are able to choose the option that best suits their needs. For the tech-savvy, Air China has developed an application for smartphones. On the Air China app, passengers are able to reserve a ticket, check the status of their flights, see the balance of their PhoenixMiles account, choose a seat (at check-in), and check-in—no matter where you are, you have the power of the Air China app in the palm of your hand. Air China also offers simple, online check-in that can be done from any computer. Simply head to the Air China website and choose the online check-in and follow the simple instructions for check-in (be sure to print your boarding pass). Customers will need their ticket number and passport information before using online check-in.

Air China also offers self-service kiosks that can be used for checking-in at the airport. At the self-service kiosks, passengers can also print their boarding passes, though the kiosks aren’t available at all airports. Check with Air China to be certain that self-serve kiosks are available at your departure. Alternatively, passengers can check-in at the departure desk, but passengers should arrive early in case there are lines. As a good rule, passengers should arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before departure for domestic flights, and 3 hours for international, though the specific arrival times do differ depending on the airport and destination. For check-in deadlines, be sure to check with Air China prior to your departure day.

Advanced seat selection is only available on some international flights and prices range from approximately $8 USD to $100 USD, otherwise, you are able to make your seat selection during the check-in process.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

Baggage allowance depends on your departure and arrival destination but is quite generous on Air China. For passengers who are flying domestic, Economy and Business class are allotted 1 bag or personal item up to a maximum of 5kg for carry-on and First class is allotted 2 bags or personal items, up to 5kg in weight. For passengers flying international, Economy is allotted 1 bag or personal item up to 5kg for carry-on and Business/First class are allotted 2 bags or personal items up to 8kg in weight. All bags cannot be larger than 55 x 40 x 20cm in dimension.

For passengers wishing to check baggage on Air China flights, your baggage allowance depends on your route and ticket class. For Economy class on domestic flights, customers are allotted 1 bag up to 20kg; Business class is allotted 1 bag up to 30kg; First Class is allotted 1 bag up to 40kg. For flights to the Americas and Japan, Economy class is allotted 2 bags up to 23kg; Business/First class allotted 2 bags up to 32kg.

Other international flights, passengers in Economy class are able to bring 1 bag up to 23kg and First/Business class are allotted 2 bags up to 32kg. For international flights that have Premium Economy class, passengers are allotted 1 checked bag up to 32kg in weight.

The maximum domestic size for baggage is 100 x 60 x 30cm and the maximum dimensions for International flights cannot exceed 158cm total (length x width x height). If a passenger’s luggage is too heavy, they are charged 1.5% of the adult Economy fare per extra kg of weight.

Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals

Depending on the aircraft, Air China has in-flight magazines, music channels, newspapers, and classic movies made by famous Chinese directors. On their widebody jets, Air China has the latest in on-demand audio and video entertainment for its passengers. With dozens of bilingual movies, music CDs, and games, there is more than enough to keep you entertained for the duration of your flight. The entertainment system on the widebody jets is individualized, with seatback touchscreens that can be controlled by individual passengers, meaning you get to watch what you want when you want. Passengers are also able to bring on their own personal entertainment devices, just so long as they are switched into airplane safe mode and don’t interfere with passengers around them.

Air China also has a number of in-flight shopping options for its passengers, with exclusive items like watches, wine, cosmetics, perfumes and more—all duty-free. Passengers are able to take advantage of this in-flight shopping opportunity all from the comfort of their seat.

As for meals, when your flight with Air China is longer than 1.5 hours, food is included in the price of your ticket—no matter what ticket class. With fresh ingredients and no preservatives or food additives, passengers can look forward to delicious meal choices. For passengers on flights that last at least an hour, they can look forward to a beverage and snack service as well.

Customers who require special meal requests need to call Air China at least 24 hours before their flight (Kosher requests must be made 48 hours in advance and are only available on select international flights). Only breakfast, lunch and dinner meals can be reserved; and it is up to the customer to ensure that Air China knows what specifically they need to eat (or cannot eat) so that the airline can fulfill their request to the best of their abilities.

Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service Guidelines

On Air China, children who are at least 14 days old and who have not reached 2 years of age are able to fly for a reduced fee on the lap of an adult (the adult must be at least 18 years old). Only one child is permitted per adult lap, so if a parent or guardian is traveling with two children (under the age of 2) then a seat will have to be purchased for the second child. As there is a maximum number of infants allowed on each flight, you need to be sure to inform Air China as soon as possible about your intent to fly with an infant. The fee for an infant under 2 is 10% of a normal adult fair (with no seat provided as they will travel on their guardian’s lap). For children requiring a seat, a child fare will be charged. Parents are also able to request child-specific meals that are made with kids in mind (low sugar, low salt, easy to chew).

Air China does allow Unaccompanied Minors to fly on their aircraft, provided they are between the ages of 5 and 12 (the Unaccompanied Minor service is mandatory for children flying alone between these ages). This service is only available for direct flights and Air China needs to be notified that your child will be requiring Unaccompanied Minor services as soon as possible as you require the airline’s consent as well (at least 24 hours in advance for domestic, 48 hours in advance for international). For domestic flights, there is no extra Unaccompanied Minor fee, provided the child is between 5-12 years of age (only the child’s fare ticket price). For children between 12-18 years of age, the fee is approximately $50 USD plus the cost of a child’s fare. For non-stop international flights, the fee for children between 5-18 years of age is approximately $50 USD plus the cost of a regular adult fare. Parents are required to ensure that their child travels with all proper documentation (passport, birth certificate, etc.)

Pet Policy

On Air China flights, pets (only dogs, cats, birds) are only able to travel as cargo on the aircraft. Pets are not allowed into the main cabin area, no matter what kind of cage the passenger has. Prior to flying (at least 24 hours), you must submit a Pet Shipping Reservation Request to Air China, otherwise, your pet will not be able to travel with you. On the day of departure, be sure to arrive at the airport at least 1.5 hours before your departure time.

Pets are considered overweight baggage on all Air China flights and, as such, will be charged the overweight baggage fee (1.5% of the Economy Adult Fare for every kg of your pet and its carrier). Your pet’s container must be strong enough to keep your pet from getting out and also keep the pet completely contained (your pet should not be able to reach out of the cage and possibly bring itself harm). Your pet should be able to move about comfortably within the body of its container and there should also be sufficient ventilation for your pet. Your container must be solid along the bottom and waterproof (to keep any feces or urine from leaking out and dirtying the cargo area). The maximum number of pets per carrier is 2 (for a max of 14kg total). Any pets weighing more than 14kkg each must be shipped in separate containers. On domestic flights with Air China, the maximum weight for your pet, its carrier, and all food/water items is 45kg; on International flights, the maximum weight for your pet is 32kg.

Service dogs are exempt from the excess baggage fee, however, you must give Air China sufficient notice (at least 48 hours before your flight), as only one service dog is allowed per flight with Air China, otherwise they reserve the right to refuse your dog access to the cabin. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary documentation for your pet (health, or quarantine certificates) and it is also the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they are in line with the animal import laws for the exit and entry countries. Air China also does not accept any responsibility for your pet and if any damage or harm comes to your pet during shipping, they will not assume any liability for the animal.

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