New Nonstop Service by Air China between Geneva and Beijing


23.01.2013

Air China and Genève Aéroport have the pleasure to confirm the launching of a new Geneva-Beijing direct route for Summer 2013, starting on 7 May. This nonstop service will be operated 4 days per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) with an Airbus A330-200 configured in 2 classes.

Air China President Cai Jianjiang said: "Europe is one of Air China’s most important overseas markets, and currently Air China is the largest carrier serving China and Europe. The opening of the nonstop service Beijing-Geneva will increase the number of European destinations served by Air China to 12. Now Air China offers direct flights from Beijing to such European destinations as Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, London, Paris, Stockholm, Milan, Rome and Madrid. And the new Beijing-Geneva service is a worthy addition to Air China’s extensive network serving Europe."

Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva commented: "This new route launched by our national carrier confirms the strong interest of our country towards the UN system and the whole international diplomatic activity that is taking place in Geneva. It is really a great news, that will facilitate the communication between the two cities and friendly exchanges between China and Switzerland".

Mrs Isabel Rochat, State Councillor (Minister) and President of the Board of Genève Aéroport declared: "We are very honoured that Air China has chosen Geneva for its network expansion in Europe this year". She added that "the Canton of Geneva and the whole region have very strong ties with China and both the economic and touristic sectors will strongly benefit from this direct route. This is also a great news for the United Nations and the whole international activity in Geneva and it is a confirmation of China’s growing role in the world diplomacy".

"Beijing has been among our top unserved routes for a long time and we have identified a really strong potential market both for leisure and for business", has stated Mr Robert Deillon, CEO of Genève Aéroport. According to internal market studies, more than 40,000 passengers have been measured last year on this market, but the genuine potential is much higher, as Chinese tourism grows with double-digit numbers. Mr Deillon has also insisted that "Genève Aéroport is delighted to welcome an increasing number of Chinese visitors and will make sure to adapt its facilities accordingly and offer these customers a really dedicated airport experience".

Starting with 4 frequencies per week, the nonstop flight will depart from Beijing at 13:30 and arrive in Geneva on the same day at 18:25. On the way back, the plane is scheduled to leave Geneva at 20:25, landing at Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:55 the following day. This evening departure schedule is particularly well designed for passengers from Geneva’s catchment area, as it leaves the full day available before heading to the airport. The timetable in Beijing has also been calculated to offer optimal connections on the whole Air China network, particularly to reach other cities in mainland China.

Air China will be the 12th member of Star Alliance serving Geneva, where the alliance serves already almost 30 regular destinations. Collaboration between member airlines will allow to increase connections between China and other European markets via Geneva in both directions. The freight activity – and in particular the watchmaking, jewellery and chemistry sectors in Geneva’s region – is also expected to contribute to the route’s success.

Air China is one of the largest airlines in the world, operating a fleet of more than 400 aircrafts. It currently serves approximately 280 routes in total, covering 30 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South and North America from its main hub at Beijing Capital International Airport. In Europe, Geneva will complement the existing network to Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, London, Paris, Stockholm, Milan, Rome and Madrid. In 2011, Air China was awarded the 4-star rating by SKYTRAX - the international authority for accrediting airline services.

Genève Aéroport has seen 13.9 million passengers use its facilities in 2012, an increase of 5.9%, much higher than the European average. The cargo activity generated 75'000 tons of freight last year. Geneva serves a network of more than 120 regular destinations, of which more than 20 intercontinental routes. The airport’s catchment area is well known for providing airlines with a very high-yield customer base, thanks to the unique concentration of international organisations and multinational corporations based in the region.

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