Air China to axe two Southeast Asian routes

2 Aug 2012

Air China (CA), a member of Star Alliance, will terminate services between Xiamen and Singapore from August 27 onwards. As a result, the Beijing-Xiamen-Singapore route will cease. CA is also cancelling the Beijing-Kuala Lumpur route from October 9.

The existing four weekly Beijing-Xiamen-Singapore service is operated by a B738 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, departing Beijing Capital International Airport at 1400 to touch down at Xiamen Airport at 1635. The aircraft then takes off again at 1745 for 2200 arrival at Singapore Changi Airport. The return flight, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, takes off at Singapore at 0815 to arrive in Xiamen at 1220, departing Xiamen at 1330 to arrive back in Beijing at 1605.

A B757 is utilised on the existing Beijing-Kuala Lumpur service four times a week. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, the flight takes off from the Chinese capital at 1545 to land in Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 2200, while the return leg departs the Malaysian capital at 2340 on the same day to arrive back in Beijing at 0600 the next day.

CA representatives said cutting of the two Southeast Asian routes were merely part of regular operational changes.

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Michelle Fong

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