Air China announced Tuesday it is adding to its three daily Los Angeles-Beijing flights a new route that will connect Southern California’s Silicon Beach to China’s own Silicon Valley starting Dec. 7, 2017.
The three times weekly nonstop service between Los Angeles and Shenzhen will be operated by the airline’s newest Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9, the airline said in a statement. It will be the first direct service from Los Angeles to Shenzen, China’s so-called City of the Future.
“With China as Los Angeles’ top trading partner, we are committed to growing and strengthening the economic and cultural ties between the two. The new nonstop Los Angeles-Shenzhen service brings together two of the world’s leading technology and innovation hubs,” said Air China Vice President and General Manager Zhihang Chi.
According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the majority of Chinese investment in the United States originates from Guangdong Province, which covers Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
Chi said that at no time has a travel link between Los Angeles and Shenzen been needed more than now, given that Chinese tech companies based in Shenzhen are expanding their presence and direct investments in the United States.
“This new service offers more options for business and leisure travelers to Shenzhen and Hong Kong, which is only 19 miles away,” he said.
In September 2016, Air China launched its nonstop service between Shanghai and San Jose, its first direct service between Shanghai and North America. Air China also offers nonstop services to Beijing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver and Montreal.
—City News Service
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