Air China is one of the main airlines of the People’s Republic of China. The airline was born in July 1988 when the Chinese government split the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s flight operations into six separate airlines. Air China took on responsibility for the long haul flights.
Air China has been a member of Star Alliance since 2007, and in 2010 the airline won the Spanish “Plaque for Tourist Merit” award for contributing to Spain’s tourism industry. The airline was the fist in China to offer Wi-Fi on board, and the first to offer combined tickets which also included a shuttle bus pass.
How to Check In
You can check in at the airport. Check-in desks close 30 minutes before departure for domestic Chinese flights, and one hour before departure for international flights. Check the details on your ticket for guidance on when you need to arrive at the airport. It’s also possible to check-in online from most of Air China’s destination airports.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
First class passengers can bring 40kg of luggage, business class 30kg, and economy travellers can bring 20kg. No one piece of luggage should weigh more than 32kg, in accordance with IATA’s guidelines. The cost of extra baggage depends on the route you’re travelling. For example: on flights between China and Japan or to the Americas the cost of the first piece of excess baggage is $200* (about £124.60), and $300* (about £186.90) for the second piece. On other routes the charge is $70* (around £43.60) for the first piece of baggage and $200* (around £124.60) for the second. *Prices subject to change
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Air China offers a standard amount of legroom, with a seat pitch of 30”-31” in economy and a very generous 38”-80” in First Class. You can select your seat during online check-in, or have a seat assigned to you at the airport.
There are no hidden fees when you book with Air China.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Meals are available on flights which last more than 90 minutes. First and business class passengers benefit from gourmet meals whilst in the air, while economy passengers can indulge in a standard menu offering both Western and Chinese dishes. Complimentary snacks and beverages are served on flights lasting between 60 and 90 minutes.
Air China is fairly punctual, with around 7/10 flights arriving on time at their destination.