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Air Canada announced Wednesday that it will open a direct flight linking Toronto and Shanghai from June 16 this year, in a bid to improve its flight structure in China.
The new Toronto-Shanghai flight will be three
times a week, with every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday taking
off from Toronto and every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday departing
Shanghai. Expected to save three hours compared with flight stopover in
Vancouver, the 284-seat carrier Airbus A340-300 will fly the new route.
As the only airlines providing direct flight between Shanghai and
Toronto, the Canadian airlines opened direct flights linking Toronto and
Shanghai in June last year, and Vancouver-Beijing, Vancouver-Shanghai
American to Fly Chicago-Shanghai in April
American Airlines will begin
the new non-stop service to China on April 2, 2006. The 14-hour flight
between Chicago and Shanghai will use Boeing 777 aircraft. American
Airlines will provide seamless connections to many cities in eastern and
Flight 289 leaves Chicago at
11:05am and arrive Shanghai next day at 2:15pm.
The return flight 288 leaves Shanghai at 4:25pm and arrive Chicago at
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Air China and US Carriers Reduce Baggage Allowance
Air China, American
Airlines, United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Continetal Airlines
reduced the free weight allowance for transpacific checked baggage for
customers in Coach Class. The free weight allowance for checked baggage
will be 50 pounds (23 kilograms) per piece, a total of 2 pieces are
allowed. This change has been partially caused by the high fuel cost,
according to the airlines.
According to China Eastern and China Southern Airlines, their free
transpacific weight limit will still be 70 pounds for the time being.
However, some code-share flights operated by US carriers are subject to
50 lbs per bag limits.
Continental Fly Newark-Beijing Non-Stop
Continental Airlines has
begun service to Beijing, China from Newark Liberty International
Daily nonstop service began
on June 15, 2005 and is operated by a 283-seat Boeing 777-200ER, 48 in
BusinessFirst and 235 in coach.
Continental is the only U.S.
carrier offering daily nonstop service from New York to China.
The 13-hour flight (CO 89)
departs Newark at noon, arriving in Beijing at 1:50 p.m. the next day.
The return flight (CO 88) leaves China at 3:50 p.m., arriving in the US
13 hrs. 25 minutes later at 5:15 p.m.
Continental Airlines is part
of SkyTeam alliance, you can choose to earn and redeem Continental
OnePass, Delta SkyMiles or Northwest WorldPerks mileages.
China No Longer Collect Airport Tax at Site
Beginning September 1, 2004,
China's airports have stopped collecting airport construction fee at
airports. Instead, the fee is added to air tickets as airport taxes. The
airport taxes are 90 Yuan RMB (about US$11) for each international
departure, and 50 Yuan RMB (about US$6) for each China domestic
departure, respectively. Connecting flights are subject to the airport
taxes as well. The change makes it easier for the travelers. In USA and
many other countries, those taxes are being collected with air tickets.
Since there are many taxes for each ticket, it is not unusual that a
US-China ticket has a total tax amount of over $150. Tax amounts vary
with destinations, routes and carriers.
United and Air China
United and Air China began
code share and reciprocate on frequent flyer programs, on Oct 31, 2003.
In total, the two airlines offer 26 nonstop code share flights a week
between the US and China. The flights are: San Francisco-Shanghai,
Chicago-Beijing, Los Angeles- Beijing, New York-Beijing and San
Francisco-Beijing. You can earn United MileagePlus miles when you
purchase an Air China code-share-flight ticket.
United also has code-share China domestic flights to Guangzhou, Shenyang,
Xian, Fuzhou and Shenzhen. And Air China has code-share US domestic
flights to Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami,
Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and
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