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Old November 14th, 2006, 12:07 PM   #161
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Air China to Spain and Brazil

From official Air China website:

On December 10th 2006, Air China Limited (“Air China”) will initiate a new route from Beijing via Madrid to Sao Paulo. It will bring our customers to the live experience of De La Liga battle of Real Madrid and the flaming passion of Latin soccer. The new route will make Air China the first airline in China to operate direct flight to South America.
The new China-Brazil air services will not only meet the demand of the passengers and government officials from China and Brazil by extending Air China’s reach to South America, but also shorten the distance between China and Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The 22-hour flight will be operated twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays respectively. Passengers leaving for Spain and Brazil may depart from Beijing at 1:00 am and arrive in Madrid at 6:45 am; and take off from Madrid at 8:15 am and arrive in Sao Paulo of Brazil by 4:05 pm on the same day. The return flight takes off at 19:45 (summer time) from Sao Paulo and arrives in Madrid at 9:55 in the following morning, and then takes off from Madrid at 11:35 and arrives in Beijing at 6:20 in the next morning. Currently, all passengers traveling between China and Brazil must make a transit in Europe or US with the total traveling time more than 30 hours. Air China’s one-and-half-hour stopover at Madrid in Spain will greatly improve the transit efficiency and enable passengers reach their final destinations more quickly and conveniently.

What do you guys think about this route?
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Old November 14th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #162
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Great news for Madrid & Sao Paulo!
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Old November 14th, 2006, 02:35 PM   #163
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Weird. China and Brazil--2 very different countries !
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Old November 14th, 2006, 04:49 PM   #164
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China to SP via Madrid? Is this that direct a route?
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Old November 14th, 2006, 05:10 PM   #165
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Weird. China and Brazil--2 very different countries !
But both are important countries, with china the growing engine of the world and brazil the growing engine of south america
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Old November 14th, 2006, 05:11 PM   #166
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Very good for Brazil and south america
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Old November 14th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #167
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It seems that Air China is progressing with it's route expansion project also Air China wants to start service to the Jamaica via Mexico city there is no word yet whether Air China will go ahead with these plans!!
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Old November 14th, 2006, 11:06 PM   #168
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There was a conversation between Brazil and China about a flight between both countries since 2 or more years ago. Finally they will start the flight.

Varig was studying a flight to China, too, but with the toubles in the company...
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Old November 15th, 2006, 03:44 AM   #169
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This is a nice one and will tighten relations between these countries.
I have also read that another chinese carrier, China Southern, will start flying to Lagos from Beijing as a consequence of bilateral agreements following the Sino-African forum just held in China.If I am not mistaken this should be the first direct flight between China and Africa.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 04:19 AM   #170
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It will be the first mainland Chinese carrier to serve africa. The route will be via Dubai
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This is a nice one and will tighten relations between these countries.
I have also read that another chinese carrier, China Southern, will start flying to Lagos from Beijing as a consequence of bilateral agreements following the Sino-African forum just held in China.If I am not mistaken this should be the first direct flight between China and Africa.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 08:20 AM   #171
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Air China features Olympic mascots

(BOCOG/chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2006-11-14 10:53



China's flag carrier Air China announced in Beijing on Monday that it has added one more Olympic themed airplane to its fleet.

The B-737-800 jetliner painted with the five mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on both sides of its body was unveiled at a high-profile ceremony attended by senior officials from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and the China National Aviation Holding Company as well as Olympic champion Deng Yaping.

The company, a BOCOG partner, said it has put a total of six Olympic-themed airplanes into operation since last year. The latest one will fly from Beijing to eight other Chinese cities in the next three weeks where celebrations will be held on its arrival.


Air China unveils an Olympic Fuwa airliner in Beijing Monday, November 13, 2006. The company, a partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is considering decorating two more aircraft with the Olympic mascots to promote the Games. It adorned three aircraft with the "Beijing 2008" logo last year. Air China has a fleet of 206 planes.


Air stewardesses take a photo in front of an Olympic Fuwa airliner unveiled by Air China in Beijing Monday, November 13, 2006.


Children take a photo in front of an Olympic Fuwa airliner unveiled by Air China in Beijing Monday, November 13, 2006.


An Olympic Fuwa airliner is unveiled by Air China in Beijing Monday, November 13, 2006.


Children are fascinated by the Olympic Fuwa airliner unveiled by Air China in Beijing Monday, November 13, 2006.

Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/2008/20...ent_732641.htm
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Old November 15th, 2006, 08:28 AM   #172
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Air China's New 2008 Olympic Livery



Air China's New 2008 Olympic Livery
A B727 800 was decorated with the official mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games—Friendlies(Fuwas).









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Old November 15th, 2006, 08:43 AM   #173
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Good, now they need to update their regular livery,
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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:26 AM   #174
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Good, now they need to update their regular livery,
I disagree. What's wrong with a "classic" looking livery. Too many airlines are changing perfectly good liveries into ugly ones. Examples: Transavia, TAP, Asiana, Shenzhen Airlines, Eastern Airways (U.K.)...the list goes on.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:30 AM   #175
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I believe they could do better promoting 2008, and whats with doing it on a small plane. Are they doing it on larger crafts flying to Europe or USA?
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Old November 15th, 2006, 11:28 AM   #176
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They could have tried harder Look at Ansett’s Olympic livery (for Sydney 2000)

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Old November 15th, 2006, 11:31 AM   #177
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^ the sydney olympics livery was a classic !
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Old November 15th, 2006, 08:16 PM   #178
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Beside Brazil, there will be a direct flight between Beijing or Shanghai to Mexico city soon.

About Africa, Kenya Airlines has already launched a direct flight from Nairobi to Guangzhou.

What about Hong Kong to Latin America's flight?
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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:24 PM   #179
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From official Air China website:

On December 10th 2006, Air China Limited (“Air China”) will initiate a new route from Beijing via Madrid to Sao Paulo. It will bring our customers to the live experience of De La Liga battle of Real Madrid and the flaming passion of Latin soccer. The new route will make Air China the first airline in China to operate direct flight to South America.
The new China-Brazil air services will not only meet the demand of the passengers and government officials from China and Brazil by extending Air China’s reach to South America, but also shorten the distance between China and Latin American countries such as Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The 22-hour flight will be operated twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays respectively. Passengers leaving for Spain and Brazil may depart from Beijing at 1:00 am and arrive in Madrid at 6:45 am; and take off from Madrid at 8:15 am and arrive in Sao Paulo of Brazil by 4:05 pm on the same day. The return flight takes off at 19:45 (summer time) from Sao Paulo and arrives in Madrid at 9:55 in the following morning, and then takes off from Madrid at 11:35 and arrives in Beijing at 6:20 in the next morning. Currently, all passengers traveling between China and Brazil must make a transit in Europe or US with the total traveling time more than 30 hours. Air China’s one-and-half-hour stopover at Madrid in Spain will greatly improve the transit efficiency and enable passengers reach their final destinations more quickly and conveniently.

What do you guys think about this route?
Operated by a Boeing767,too small aircraft!
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Old November 15th, 2006, 09:26 PM   #180
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Great!
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