Air China will start a Beijing Johannesburg nonstop service on 29 October 2015. This will be the first airlink offered by a Chinese carrier between Mainland China and South Africa and also Air China’s first route to Africa.
The service will spare Chinese travellers to Africa the trouble of having to make a transfer en route. The flight will take 14 hours.
2015 is the South Africa-China Year. Johannesburg will be the first destination for Air China after many years of absence from the African market, and the new service will further solidify the political, economic and cultural exchanges between China and Africa. This year, Air China will also start the Beijing Addis Ababa service. The two routes are part of Air China’s endeavour to build its global route network with its hub in Beijing, and make it easier for travellers from countries like China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore to travel to and from South Africa and Africa as a whole and offer additional flight options for travellers.
The flights CA867/8 Beijing-Johannesburg are to be operated on Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday (outbound) and on Monday/Wednesday/Friday (inbound). The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 23:15 Beijing time, and arrives in Johannesburg at 07:35 local time on the following day. The inbound flight departs from Johannesburg at 11:50 local time and arrives in Beijing at 07:30 Beijing time. The flights are to be flown with a Boeing 777-300ER, an aircraft type popular with business travellers.