Air China to fly new B747-8 to New York

18 Nov 2014 by Clement Huang

Beijing-based Air China will operate its new Boeing B747-8 on the Beijing – New York (JFK) route daily from January 7.

The aircraft’s maiden international route with Air China was originally said to be Beijing – Frankfurt, but the latest schedule update indicates that the 14-hour journey to the ‘Big Apple’ has been awarded the honour.

It is the first Asian airline to operate a passenger version of the aircraft that’s proven harder to sell than anticipated. Similar to the Airbus A380 superjumbo, many carriers have said the B747-8 was too big for their fleet and network expansion plans.

Air China offers four cabins on the B747-8.

There are 12 first class suites, 54 full-flat business class seats, 66 premium economy recliners and 233 seats in economy class.

The carrier operates a total 12 weekly flights to New York. The remaining five frequencies are operated by Boeing B777-300ER aircraft, without premium economy.

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Dominic Sebastian Lalk

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