Air China plans to inaugurate fourtimes weekly Beijing-Yangon and a daily Chengdu-Kunming-Yangon services from 30 March. As the situation in Myanmar has stabilized, both leisure and business travellers are steadily increasing. Statistics suggest that in the three years from 2010 to 2012, air travellers from China to Yangon increased at a rate of 30 per cent.
Both routes will be served with B737-800 aircraft. Meanwhile the Chinese carrier also introduced a three-times weekly Tianjin-Dalian-Osaka service starting 1 March. Osaka, located in the western part of Honshu, is Japan’s second largest city behind the capital city of Tokyo.
Air China will also begin a four-times weekly Beijing-Vienna-Barcelona service from 5 May utilising widebody A330- 300 aircraft. With the increasingly close exchanges between China and Europe in recent years, demand for air travel is growing rapidly. According to industry statistics, Chinese travellers to Europe have been increasing at a two-digit rate in the past 10 years.