Air China is announcing the introduction of two new destinations in its western Europe network. A new Beijing-Milan route will begin service on June 15th, 2011. The three times weekly direct flights will be operated by an Airbus 330 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday using flights number CA949 and CA950. The airline is pointing out the new route offers a greatly reduced travel time than previously required when connecting via Shanghai where a direct flight to Milan had existed since May 2008.
The Milan flight is being introduced in addition to a new Athens route. Beginning May 11th, 2011, the airline will serve Athens (Greece) as a continuation of the twice weekly Beijing-Munich flight, also an Airbus 330 operating as flights CA961 and CA962. These flights operate Wednesday and Saturday.
The airline is riding on soaring profits which doubled in 2010 to RMB 10.93 Billion ($1.67 Billion) to expand its network of European destinations from mainland China.