Air China joins up the dot.coms

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Star Alliance member Air China is adding to its three daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights with a new route that connects Southern California's Silicon Beach to China's own Silicon Valley starting December 7.

The three times weekly nonstop service between Los Angeles and Shenzhen will be operated by the airline's newest Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9. It will be the first direct service from Los Angeles to China's “City of the Future”.

"With China as Los Angeles' top trading partner, we are committed to growing and strengthening the economic and cultural ties between the two. The new nonstop Los Angeles-Shenzhen service brings together two of the world's leading technology and innovation hubs," said Dr. Zhihang Chi, vice president and general manager of Air China North America.

According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the majority of Chinese investment into the United States originates from Guangdong Province that covers Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

Dr. Chi added, "At no time is the connectivity between these two cities more needed than it is now when China's homegrown tech companies with headquarters in Shenzhen are expanding their presence and direct investments in the United States.

“This new service offers more options for business and leisure travelers to Shenzhen and Hong Kong, which is only 19 miles away.”

Air China's B787-9 three-cabin Dreamliner features 30 seats in Capital Pavilion (business class), 34 premium economy and 229 economy class seats for a total of 293. 

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