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Air China officials Wednesday welcomed the arrival of the inaugural flight of the airline’s third daily nonstop service from Beijing to Los Angeles.

It was also Air China’s first day of operations at Los Angeles International Airport’s newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal since relocating from Terminal 2.

Zhihang Chi, Air China’s vice president for North America, said adding a third flight between Los Angeles and Beijing “offers travelers more flexibility and convenient options. More important, it will increase the bilateral trade between the USA and China and increase cultural ties between the world’s two largest economies.”

Air China is the only airline with nonstop service between the two cities, according to Chi.

The new generation B777-300ER used on the Los Angeles-Beijing route features eight luxury suites in the “Forbidden Pavilion” first-class section, 41 fully-flat sleeper seats in the “Capital Pavilion” business-class section, and 259 economy seats with individual TV monitors.

— Wire reports 

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