On April 5, Air China will launch a new route between Beijing, China and Panama City, Panama. The flight will have a stop in Houston, United States along the way. The route is expected to facilitate travel between the three regions and give passengers more options when they fly.

The route will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. All classes aboard the planes come equipped with personal inflight entertainment screens and power sockets, while First Class and Business Class cabins have fully reclinable seats and a central bar area. The plane will also have wheelchair-accessible lavatories and dynamic LED mood lighting to ensure a more comfortable journey for all passengers.

The new route will operate under flight numbers CA885/6. The outbound flight will depart Beijing at 7:40 on Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Houston at 8:20. The flight will depart Houston at 10:50 and arrive in Panama City at 14:30.

The return flight, CA886, will leave Panama City at 16:30 and arrive in Houston at 20:15. The flight will depart Houston at 1:00 (+1 day) and arrive in Beijing at 4:50 (+2 days from original departure),

With the new route, Air China will fly to over a dozen destinations in the Americas. Current destinations include Newark Liberty, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Hawaii, Vancouver, Montreal, Havana, and São Paulo.

Last year, China and Panama signed the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Panama. carries forth a relationship that dates back more than 160 years into a new era. China is Panama’s second largest trading partner, and Panama is China’s largest partner in the area.

In recent years, Air China has been working to turn Beijing into a major international hub with a global reach. Air China’s route network already spans all six inhabited continents, and the launch of the Beijing-Houston-Panama City route marks an important milestone in the carrier’s efforts to expand coverage in the Americas.

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