China’s national airline Air China has adjusted its US flights from February 11.

Previously, the airline flew daily on Beijing-Los Angeles and Beijing-New York JFK.

From February 11 to March 28, Air China will fly to San Francisco via Los Angeles, and Washington via New York JFK. The change is a result of the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China.

From February 11, the airline will first launch a four-times-weekly service from Beijing to Los Angeles and then to San Francisco on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays using either a Boeing 777-300ER or a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Flight No. Departs First stop Second Stop
CA983 Beijing (PEK) 1830 1430 Los Angeles (LAX) 1800 1930 San Francisco (SFO)
CA984 San Francisco (SFO) 2130 2300 Los Angeles (LAX) 0040 (+1) 0530 (+2) Beijing (PEK)

Starting February 12, the airline will add a three times weekly service from Beijing to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and then to Washington Dulles International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Flight No. Departs First stop Second Stop
CA981 Beijing (PEK) 1300 1330 New York (JFK) 1700 1830 Washington (IAD)
CA982 Washington (IAD) 2200 2330 New York (JFK) 0130 (+1) 0435 (+2) Beijing (PEK)

The changes mean that Air China will be able to keep operating a daily flight to the US while serving four destinations. The airline said it has made these adjustments in order to “meet the needs of passengers who need to travel between China and the US, as well as maintain flight operations to major cities in the US”.

Both Chinese and US airlines have cut flights from or to mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak, including three major US carriers – United, American Airlines and Delta.

The US has temporarily barred entry to foreign nationals who have visited China in the past 14 days, except immediate relatives of US citizens or permanent residents, according to China’s National Immigration Administration. The US Department of State has also issued a level 4 travel advisory, urging residents not to travel to China.

The US now requires all inbound flights with individuals who have recently been to China to land at one of the 11 designated airports, where, according to the US Department of Homeland Security, enhanced screening procedures as well as “the capacity to quarantine passengers” have been established.

The 11 designated airports include New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Washington (IAD), New Jersey (EWR), Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) and Detroit (DTW).

Air China normally operates scheduled flights to six destinations in the US, including New York (JFK and Newark), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Washington. Other than the temporary PEK-LAX-SFO and PEK-JFK-IAD services, all the other flights to the US have been suspended.

The table below shows details of the airline’s suspended US services:

Flight No. Route Suspension period Original frequency Cancelled flights
CA989/990 Beijing-New York JFK Feb 8-Mar 28 Thrice weekly All cancelled
CA981/982 Beijing-New York JFK Feb 11-Mar 28 Daily Cancelled on Tue, Thu, Fri and Sun
CA819/820 Beijing-New York Newark Feb 8-Mar 28 Four times weekly All cancelled
CA987/988 Beijing-Los Angeles Feb 8-Mar 28 Daily All cancelled
CA983/984 Beijing-Los Angeles Feb 12-Mar 28 Daily Cancelled on Mon, Wed and Sat
CA769/770 Shenzhen-Los Angeles Feb 8-Mar 28 Twice weekly All cancelled
CA817/818 Beijing-Washington Feb 8-Mar 28 Four times weekly All cancelled
CA995/996 Beijing-Houston Feb 8-Mar 28 Thrice weekly All cancelled
CA885/886 Beijing-Houston-Panama Feb 8-Mar 28 Twice weekly All cancelled
CA985/986 Beijing-San Francisco Feb 8-Mar 28 Six times weekly All cancelled

A number of other airlines have also suspended or reduced flights to mainland China. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has been updating the list with the latest information:

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