Air China will launch new non-stop flights between Beijing and Athens on September 30, 2017. The route will be served twice per week on Airbus A300-200 aircraft. Flights will take roughly 10.5 hours.
The route will operate on Wednesdays and saturdays as CA863 and CA864. The outbound flight leaves Beijing at 02:30 and arrives in Athens at 08:15. The return service leaves Athens at 14:15 and arrives in Beijing at 04:30 the next day. All times are local.
This new route is a strategic one for Air China. First, the new route sets Greece up as a sort of regional transportation hub. It serves business travelers, tourists, and students traveling between China and Europe, and allows for easy connection from Greece to the rest of Europe or from Beijing to the rest of China.
Greece is also located at the “crossroads” of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Passengers will not only be able to connect to other popular Greek destinations from Athens, but also transfer to flights of fellow Star Alliance partners to reach other holiday destinations on the three continents.
The flights will improve and increase China-Greece relations, as they are expected to increase the number of tourists in the two countries and promote people-to-people exchanges. Officials from both countries have put an emphasis on increasing passenger flows between their respective nations.
Air China is the largest carrier on routes between China and Europe. The new service brings the number of Air China’s European routes to 26. Some of Air China’s 19 European destinations include London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Rome Moscow, Madrid, and Barcelona.
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