Air China’s aircraft which sports the “AIR CHINA LOVES CHINA” livery arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport on 28 September, and September 29 marks the day of its maiden flight to Shanghai.
The background colour of the new artwork is white. The aircraft’s tail is emblazoned with the “AIR CHINA LOVES CHINA” design, which is a nod to the red national flag painted on the nose. The fuselage is adorned with patterns of red silk, a Chinese cultural element which symbolises the bond between Air China and China, and highlights the joyous celebration of China’s National Day. The letter “C” in the word “CHINA” is artistically designed to wrap the character “love”, conveying to people of Chinese descent around the world the key message that Air China loves China.
As of June 2014, Air China owns a fleet of 512 Airbus and Boeing aircraft and operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of 6.22 years. According to the company planning, Air China will have 665 aircraft by the end of 2015 through introducing more fuel-efficient long-haul wide-body aircraft including B787-9 Dreamliner and A350 XWB.