Air China to launch Shanghai-San Jose route

Air China Limited has plans to launch air service between Shanghai and San Jose on September 1, 2016, the company said.

The service is Air China´s first Shanghai-North America route, marking the only airline in China with this service.

Shanghai has a passenger flow between China and the US of 990,000, with an average daily one-way flow of 3,909 in the first half of 2015. Passengers from San Jose can transfer in Shanghai to other Asian destinations such as Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Cooperation with United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and the American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) allows passengers from Shanghai to get to American cities like Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas and Chicago.

In 2016, Air China said it plans to continue to build an airline network with Beijing as a global hub, Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenzhen as regional hubs, and Shanghai as an international gateway. So far, Air China has opened routes to 11 cities in North America including Washington, New York (Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport), Vancouver, and Montreal. Air China´s services have covered six major cities in the US. In the west of the US, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose have seen the operations of Air China. Every week, Air China provides about 140 flights connecting China and the US.