Air China has announced some noteworthy schedule changes starting in February, per airlineroute.net.
Air China will fly the 777-300ER to San Francisco as of February 11, 2014
I recently flew one of Air China’s new 777-300ERs from Paris to Beijing and was rather impressed. It features a nice business and first class product, both of which are a huge improvement over their ancient 747-400s.
Presently Air China flies 777-300ERs to all of their US gateways (Houston, Los Angeles, New York) except San Francisco, where they still fly a 747-400. That will change as of February 11, 2014, which is great news for those looking to redeem miles, as Air China releases a ton of first class award space.
However, the schedule only seems to only reflect a 777-300ER through March 29, 2014, at which point it goes back to a 747-400. I’m not sure if that’s intentional or if they just haven’t gotten around to updating the schedule beyond that.
Air China will fly the 747-400 to Tokyo Narita as of February 12, 2014
While I’d rather avoid Air China’s 747-400s on longhaul flights, I always get excited at the prospect of flying first class on a tag flight within Asia. As of February 12, 2014, Air China will be replacing an A321 with a 747-400 on one of their daily Shanghai to Tokyo Narita frequencies. The flight also has a ton of first class award space.
The only part of this that’s truly bizarre is that they seem to plan on turning a 747-400 at Narita in 65 minutes. I don’t think they’ve accounted for the fact that it takes longer to turn a 747-400 than an A321. The route shows a 747-400 through March 29, 2014.
While neither of these changes are earth shattering, I do think they’re both worth a mention.
(Tip of the hat to Apurva)