Air China has announced that it will add three weekly Los Angeles-Shenzhen flights starting December 7, 2017. Flights will be operated by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and will be the first direct service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Shenzhen (SZX).

Flights will be served on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

“With China as Los Angeles’ top trading partner, we are committed to growing and strengthening the economic and cultural ties between the two,” said Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China’s Vice President and General Manager. “The new nonstop Los Angeles-Shenzhen service brings together two of the world’s leading technology and innovation hubs.”

The new service is an updated version of the Shenzhen-Beijing-Los Angeles route Air China opened in February of this year. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, a majority of Chinese investment in the U.S. originates from Guangdong Province, which covers Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

“At no time is the connectivity between these two cities more needed than it is now when China’s homegrown tech companies with headquarters in Shenzhen are expanding their presence and direct investments in the United States. This new service offers more options for business and leisure travelers to Shenzhen and Hong Kong which is only 19 miles away,” Dr. Chi said.

“As this will be operated with our newest Dreamliner which includes a premium economy class cabin, we are confident our competitive fares and affordable, easy upgrade programs will be very attractive for travelers to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and beyond. In addition to extra legroom, our premium economy passengers also enjoy priority boarding and more Phoenix miles, among other amenities,” Dr. Chi added.

Air China will serve the Shenzhen-Los Angeles route with a three-class B787
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Air China’s three-cabin Dreamliner features 293 seats in a three-class configuration. There are 30 seats in Capital Pavilion business class, 34 seats in Premium Economy, and 229 seats in Economy Class.

This announcement is the latest in Air China’s unprecedented expansions into North America. The new service brings Air China’s average of seasonally adjusted flights to 150 per week between North America and China. Since 2013, the airline, China’s national carrier, has launched at least one new route to North America per year.

Los Angeles has become the first U.S. city to receive more than 1 million Chinese visitors in a year according to a report by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board in January. China, likewise, is the top Asia-Pacific destination for U.S. tourists. More than 5 million tourist trips between China and the U.S. were made in 2016.

 

Flight Schedule

Flight CA769 Departs Shenzhen at 23:30 → Arrives Los Angeles 20:00 on the same day

Flight CA770 Departs Los Angeles 22:50 → Arrives Shenzhen 5:40 + 2 days

 

Air China launched nonstop service between Shanghai and San Jose last year. It was the airline’s first direct service between Shanghai and the U.S. Air China currently serves Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver, and Montreal from Beijing.

Air China serves 174 cities in 40 countries and regions. Through its Star Alliance affiliation, Air China offers access to 1330 destinations in 193 countries. It is the second largest stakeholder in Cathay Pacific Airways and holds the controlling shares in Air Macau, Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Dalian Airlines, Tibet Airlines, Beijing Airlines, and Air China Inner Mongolia Limited.

Featured image by Danny Yu via Wikimedia Commons

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