Air China will launch a new Boeing 777-300 ER route from Beijing to Panama City via Houston on 5 April.
The service will be operated from Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays, leaving at 07:40h and arriving in Houston at 08:20. Departure from Houston is at 10:50 and arrival will be in Panama at 14:30h.
The return services will depart Panama on Thursdays and Sundays at 16:30h and arrive in Houston at 20:15h, leaving at 01:00h the next day and touching down in Beijing at 04:50 the third day.
China is Panama’s second largest trading partner and the second largest user of the Panama Canal, while Panama is China’s largest trading partner in Central America.
In 2017, bilateral trade amounted to nearly $6.7 billion, while two-way passenger traffic totalled nearly 40,000, growing at an annual rate of almost 30 per cent.
In addition to improving trade relations between both countries, Air China said it hopes the launch of the new Beijing-Houston-Panama City route will improve transportation links between China and Panama considerably. Moreover, it is anticipated that the route will deepen bilateral trade, investment, maritime, education and tourism cooperation.
In recent years, Air China has been working to develop Beijing into a major airport and its route network already spans all six inhabited continents, and the launch of the Beijing-Houston-Panama City route marks an important milestone in its efforts to expand coverage in the Americas.
Air China currently operates over 200 weekly flights to 12 destinations in the Americas, including New York (Newark Airport and JFK Airport), Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Hawaii, Vancouver, Montreal, Havana and Sao Paulo.