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Air China will become international passengers' first choice for border crossings

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Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region 144-hour transit visa-free policy

BEIJING, Dec. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- At a recent press conference, the Beijing Municipal Government announced that, as of December 28, 2017, six points of arrival in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, including the Beijing Capital International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Shijiazhuang International Airport will permit foreign persons from 53 countries including Austria to enjoy visa-free transit treatment for a period of 144 hours when they have a valid connecting flight ticket for a third country (or region).

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This policy will be a strong driver for the tourism and aviation industry throughout the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Air China Limited ("Air China") will actively facilitate the new visa-free transit policy. Putting the needs of connecting flight passengers first, Air China will improve its products and services to further enhance the quality of its operations and provide passengers with maximum convenience when they enter Beijing.

Air China has a strong network of routes and is the ideal for passengers who cross the border into Beijing.

Currently, Air China has over 420 routes of which 101 are international, with 16 regional routes, and connections to 185 cities in 40 countries and regions, covering six continents. We provide passengers over 1.66 million seats on 8,500 routes each week. Additionally, Air China's route network extends to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries through the Star Alliance. Our impressive route network meets the needs of most foreign passengers. The 144-hour visa-free policy through the Beijing, Tianjin, and Shijiazhuang airports will meet the needs of third-country tourism.

Air China will also improve the transit hub capacity at Beijing and optimize a seamless transition for visa-tree passengers.

Introducing a 144-hour visa-free transit policy will also increase the number of inbound passengers in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Air China will also use this opportunity to make real-time capacity adjustments based on transit demand and provide passengers with smooth transit support through Beijing so that passengers from all over the world can make a seamless visa-free entry to Beijing. Moreover, Air China will also launch special tourism products to meet the needs of passengers in partnership with local Beijing travel agencies, and launch a series of related products to invite travelers to embark on a journey to discover the beauty of China, all while bringing a peerless service experience to passengers.

The Joint Beijing Tourism Committee, Star Alliance, and Capital Airport will provide passengers with more convenience

In early 2017, Air China, the Beijing Tourism Committee, and the Capital Airport Company Limited signed an Inbound Tourism Markets Joint Promotions Strategic Cooperation Agreement to provide regular communication and prepare to launch the 144-hour visa-free transit policy. Air China again jointed forces with the Star Alliance and the Beijing Capital International Airport to sign the "Under One Roof" Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2017. The three parties agreed to collaborate closely to improve the Beijing Capital International Airport, making it a first-class hub airport, making noticeable improvements to the passenger experience, Passengers will enjoy a higher level of convenience through shared airport facilities, optimized transfer procedures, and enhanced alliance services.

List of countries eligible for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region 144-hour transit visa-free policy (53 in total)

Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco, Belarus, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

About Air China

Air China is China's only national flag carrier and is a member of the Star Alliance.

At the end of December 2017 (winter and spring seasons), Air China (including Shenzhen Airlines, Macau Airlines, Dalian Airlines, Inner Mongolia Airlines, Beijing Airlines, and Air China Cargo) has a total of 590 Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The number of passenger routes operated reached a total of 420, including 101 international routes, 16 regional routes, 303 domestic routes, 40 destination countries (regions) and 185 destination cities, of which 66 are international, 3 are regional, and 116 are domestic. We provide passengers over 1.66 million seats on 8,500 routes each week.

Passengers can easily and quickly reach 1,330 airports in 192 countries by using Air China's impressive global route network with Beijing as its hub and with the support of the Star Alliance.

Established in 1994, PhoenixMiles is Asia's first frequent flyer program supporting several airlines.

Air China is committed to providing passengers with safe, pleasant, comfortable, and inspiring service, and with many years of effort, its brand value has increased year after year. In 2016, Air China earned a spot on the "World's 500 Most Valuable Brands" list with a brand value of over 115.689 billion yuan and was the only airline selected by CAAC.

To learn more, please visit Air China official website at www.airchina.com or call the Air China Hotline at 95583.

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