Air China

Air China currently provides very limited flights to Vietnam, mainly to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Air China - Flights to Vietnam

Air China operates direct flight from Beijing and Shenzen to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Chinese airline has its official name of Air China Limited and is flag carrier of China. The airline is also proudly to be listed as the tenth largest airline in the world in term of the fleet size. Although Air China doesn’t possess as huge number of passenger as its two biggest domestic competitors (China Southern and China Eastern), it is still the most profitable airline that has among largest market value in the world.

Air China fleet- Photo: Air China

Established: 1988

Logo: red artistic phoenix

Key people: Kong Dong – Chairman; Cai Jianjang – President

Fleet: 285 in service and 258 orders, consisting of all state of the art models of Airbus and Boeing.

Alliance: Star Alliance

Frequent Flyer Program

The frequent flyer program named “Phoenix Miles” of Air China is the very first program to be launched in China. Passengers may receive free trip and upgrades by earning mileage by travelling on Air China and its alliance. Owners of Silver and Gold VIP card may have the priority to get 25% mileage bonus while Platinum card owner receive 50% mileage bonus.

Air China Baggage Allowance

Hand Baggage

Passengers on Economy class can carry one piece of baggage that has the weight less than 5kg. On the Business and First class, the passengers are permitted to carry 2 pieces of luggage with the maximum total weight of 8kg. The size limitation for the piece of luggage on all class is 55cm in length, 20cm in height and 40cm in width (equal to 21 inches,7 inches and 15 inches respectively). There are some additional items that can be carried on Economy class including laptop/notebook, handbag, umbrella/hat, entertainment devices such as MP3 players and mobile phone.

Checked Luggage

Air China measures the checked baggage by two methods. The first one is a weight concept which is used for all location excluding USA, Canada and Brazil. Applying this method means that the passengers are allowed to check an exact weight of baggage without additional payment. This free weight limitation for luggage is 20kg for Economy class, 30kg for Business class and 40kg for the First class.

The second method to calculate checked baggage is piece concept, which is used for departure and arrival flights in North America or Brazil. Applying this policy means that the passengers in all classes can only carry two pieces of free checked luggage with the sum of dimensions less than 158cm each piece. However, the maximum weights for each piece for Economy class are 23 kg, and these numbers for other classes are 32 kg. If you possess a membership card with Air China, you might carry more extra baggage in addition to the baggage allowance above.

Business Class

The Business class on Air China aircrafts gives passengers a high quality service with more convenient and modern equipments. Each seat on this class is extremely spacious and it can easily easy converted into a soft bed with pillow for the customers to nap during the flights.

In front of the seats are the entertainment complex with one LCD screen touch screen and various options to choose such as music players, movie players, information channel or games.

Air China Inflight Meals

Each in-flight meal served during trips of Air China is a combination of Chinese and Western culinary style, which is carefully selected based on seasonal variation and healthy standard. Besides, the airline tries to renew its menu every month in order to present the diversity of Chinese foods and refresh the appetite of passengers.
Photo by @leonless

Hot meals are only available to passengers on flights lasting more than one and a half hour and coinciding with meal time. In-flight meals of Air China are of acceptable level rather than upper class with Western style of pastries and fruits, while passenger may have better and wider options for lunch and dinner cooked by professional chiefs.

Additionally, meals are also differentiated between classes that higher ones may receive higher quality dishes and drink. For passengers having special order, please remember to announce the airline in advance to book for your option.

In-flight meals of Air China are often commented as very filling; some passengers even complain that it’s overloading for them with 2 meals during 12 hours flight. However, this may be good news for someone with large appetite.

Air China Safety Record

Air China can be considered a relatively safe airline. For its 23 years in operation, there have been barely any recorded fatal accidents on its flights. The most serious incidents could be the crash of Flight 129 from Beijing to Busan (Korea) under poor weather. This was a disaster to the airlines as 128 of 166 people on board had their lives taken.


In Ho Chi Minh City

Address:7th Floor, Sun Wah Tower, 115 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel: 028-38233888

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