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AIR CHINA: Restarts flights between Australia and Beijing

AIR CHINA: Restarts flights between Australia and Beijing

According to ET, Air China is set to restart flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Beijing in February, initially 3 times per week, but moving to daily from 26 March. Expect more of China’s airlines to restart their services to Australia given the country has re-opened its borders as of January 2023.

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The services will initially run on the following basis:

  • Sydney to Beijing CA166: 3 February – Tuesday, Friday and Sunday – Boeing 777 with 36 lie-flat business beds and 15″ video screens, 356 Economy seats
  • Melbourne to Beijing CA165: 1 February – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – Airbus A330-300, which include 30 Business, and 16 Premium Economy recliners with 37″ pitch and 255 Economy seats
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Prices are not cheap at AU$14,656 one-way Melbourne to Beijing on 1 February, or (see above) AU$22,645 return in that first month.

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The big question is how this will impact other fares, mainly to Europe via Beijing or other Chinese destinations. Based on the current fares for the recommencement of the service – no impact, but expect that to change over time.

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