Air China confirms new Dreamliner routes in NW16

Air China in this week’s schedule update has opened reservation for planned new Boeing 787-9 operational routes. Previously reported in mid-July 2016, the Star Alliance member plans to operate the Dreamliner aircraft on Beijing – Auckland and Beijing – Los Angeles CA887/888 service, starting 30OCT16.

Aircraft listing in the inventory display for both service has been adjusted to Boeing 787-9 in this week’s update, replacing previously displayed A330 and 777-300ER, respectively.

Beijing – Auckland
CA783 PEK0025 – 1810AKL 789 D
CA784 AKL2000 – 0450+1PEK 789 D

Service gradually reduces to 4 weekly from 13FEB17.

Beijing – Los Angeles
CA887 PEK1200 – 0800LAX 789 x13
CA987 PEK1500 – 1100LAX 77W D
CA983 PEK2100 – 1700LAX 77W D

CA984 LAX0040 – 0530+1PEK 77W D
CA888 LAX1030 – 1520+1PEK 789 x13
CA988 LAX1320 – 1810+1PEK 77W D

Air China operates 3-class 777-300ER aircraft for Los Angeles service, however it uses the aircraft code “773”. Additionally, the airline has adjusted overall frequencies to 19 weekly, instead of previously planned 21. Additional service reduction to 18 weekly is in effect during the month of November 2016 and March 2017.