The new flight numbers are CA887/8. From May 2 to June 30, 2015, four flights will be offered per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. From July 1 to October 24, the flights will be increased to daily.
Air China will start Beijing-Melbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers Beijing-Melbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its Shanghai-Melbourne nonstop service.
The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily direct service between Beijing and Auckland. The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand's daily Shanghai Auckland service which will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from 24 August.
The four-time weekly Beijing - Minsk - Budapest services CA721/722 are operated on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 13:00 Beijing time and arrives in Minsk at 16:50 local time and in Budapest at 18:20 local time.
Malaysia's government has unveiled plans to create a new airline and signed a $1.5bn (£1bn) deal with Bombardier for 20 new aircraft. The new carrier would be called flymojo and be based out of Johor Bahru in the south and Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia.
The study reveals a potential 83 million cruise passengers in just seven source markets within Greater China. This figure is four times the current number of cruise passengers world-wide. Hong Kong, with its connectivity to the Pearl River Delta, Central China and Taiwan by air, high speed rail and land transportation via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, is looking at a cruise potential of 54 million passengers.
GBTA slightly downgraded its forecast for Chinese business travel from its outlook published in the second half of 2014 due to expectations for slower economic growth in China coupled with continued uncertainty in the global economy. Total spending on Chinese-originated business travel grew an estimated 16.6 percent in 2014 to $261 billion USD.