Air China is introducing the Boeing 777-300ER to its Los Angeles-Beijing route on February 1.
The airline notes that, as the largest long-range, twin-engine jetliner, the Boeing 777-300ER is more fuel-efficient and thus greener in terms of greenhouse-gas emissions than the four-engine Boeing 747-400s it now uses on the route.
“With its numerous performance enhancements in the range and payload capabilities, the B[oeing] 777-300ER is the perfect aircraft for the Los Angeles-Beijing route. The upgrade enhances Air China’s advantage in the highly competitive Los Angeles market,” said Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China’s vice president & general manager for North America.
On September 1, 2011, Air China doubled the frequency of its flights between Los Angeles and Beijing from daily to twice-daily, the first time in the carrier’s history that Air China had increased capacity by adding an additional daily flight to an international point.
Air China will debut the Boeing 777-300ER between Los Angeles International Airport and Beijing on its night flight, CA 984/CA983. Air China says it is the only airline that provides non-stop service between the two cities.
The airline’s 777-300ER cabins are configured with 8 Forbidden Pavilion first-class luxury suites, 41 fully flat-bed Capital Pavilion business-class seats and 259 economy-class seats. The enhanced entertainment system features monitor screens with screen diameters of 23 inches in first class, 15 inches in business and 9 inches in economy.
Air China’s 777-300ER in-flight entertainment system features audio and video on demand (AVOD) programs and a 3D Airshow. Personal power outlets are available in all three cabins.
Designed to ensure maximum passenger comfort, the interiors of Air China’s 777-300ERs feature 10 mood-lighting variations in the Forbidden and Capital Pavilions, each timed to complement the various phases of a flight from boarding through meal service, sleeping and pre-arrival. The ambient lighting recreates the sunset, night and sunrise to reflect the various services associated with each phase to create a relaxing environment.