Monday, November 2, 2015
Air China: Triple-Daily Beijing-Los Angeles, May 2015
Continuing from the previous post, with the subject of the expansion of Chinese airlines into intercontinental markets, here is yet another print advert evincing the phenomenon. Despite LAX's ascendancy to all-time highs in passenger numbers, making it, for the first time ever, the busiest airport in the United States by some measures, there are still only a handful of intercontinental airports that are served three times per day by a single carrier from Southern California.
Thanks to Air China's ambitions, Beijing is now one of them. While China's flagship airline has recently added a new flagship, the ultramodern B747-8, curiously in the context of this advert, it is thus far not flown to Los Angeles. The third schedule only became daily on July 1st, and all 3 routes are in fact served by a B777. The brand-new B747-8i is used on flights to San Francisco, which perhaps explains the presence of the Golden Gate Bridge here, and the next-gem jumbo landed at JFK in June, which accounts for the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps the Ballerinas are meant to evoke SoCal.
Air China is reportedly the only airline flying Beijing-LAX non-stop, and the only Chinese carrier with more than one flight per day between the U.S. and the People's Republic.