From December 1st, Air China will launch a nonstop service connecting Beijing - Siem Reap as part of a wider expansion of routes to Southeast Asian destinations.
The new link Beijing - Siem Reap CA826 will be operated twice weekly on Wednesday and Sunday from 1 to 31 December this year, and it will be increased to four weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting from 2014.
Besides, to accomplish the expansion in Southeast Asia, Air China will also start new flights between Beijing - Chiang Mai and Wuhan - Chiang Mai, and increase frequencies on its Beijing - Bangkok and Beijing - Phuket routes. The airline will offer three weekly flights from Beijing to Chiang Mai on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday using a B737-800. The outbound flight, CA823, will depart from Beijing at 18:30 and arrive in Chiang Mai at 22:40. The return flight, CA824, will leave Chiang Mai at 23:45 and arrive in Beijing at 05:00.
Furthermore, on 27 October, the airline added a third daily flight to Bangkok using a B737-800. The additional flight, CA809, departs from Beijing at 00:40 and arrives in Bangkok at 05:05. The return flight, CA810, departs Bangkok at 06:10 and arrives in Beijing at 11:50.
Initially, the airline is committed to flying the route for the winter season through to March 2014. Beyond that it will depend on traffic demand. All of the traffic will be generated in Beijing making the flights virtually scheduled charters (seats pre-sold the tour operators who work with Air China).
Air China is a member of Star Alliance, which will allow business travelers resident in Chiang Mai to use the service to connect with international flights to the US and Japan on either Air China or other alliance airlines.
The new service and the plan for expansion of Air China will cut the need to fly to Bangkok to connect with flights to Siem Reap. Also, it will draw more travelers to the northern gateway destination, and boost tourism between China and South East Asia.
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