Air China has announced that it will launch service Chongqing-Dubai on April 2, 2016.
The seven hour flight will be operated on Air China’s A330-200 aircraft.
Air China’s A330-200s are configured as two-class service, with 251-seats in all; 36 seats in Business class, and 215 seats in Economy.
Business class is features passenger comforts including AVOD (audio and video on demand) in-flight entertainment systems with 10.6 inch individual screens, and seat power outlets. Economy class also has entertainment facilities available, including multimedia options and online games.
With this new route, Air China becomes the first airline offering Chongqing to Dubai service. This is also Air China’s second international link to the Middle East, following the launch of its Beijing-Dubai service.
Air China currently flies from Chongqing to 25 domestic cities and five international and regional cities including: Tokyo, Seoul, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Taipei.
The airline has signed a codesharing agreement with Flydubai which will allows either airline to issue electronic tickets for the other, and lets passengers on the Chongqing-Dubai service easily make onward connections to other Middle East and African cities like Riyadh, Baghdad and Dammam.
The airline highlights the advantages of this service and codeshare to “business travellers looking for market development opportunities in the Middle East and Africa.”
The new flights CA451/2 will operate three times weekly; outbound on Monday/Thursday/Saturday and return Tuesday/Friday/Sunday. Outbound flights depart at 18:40 and arrive in Dubai at 22:15 (both local times). The return flights depart Dubai at 00:10 and arrive at Chongqing at 11:20 (both local times).
Air China also announced an ongoing expansion of its global route network during 2016, focused around its hub in Beijing with introduction of intercontinental routes linking to key cities in world regions.
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