As foreign airlines continue their suspensions of flights to China, Beijing-based Air China has adjusted its operations to maintain services to its US destinations.
The airline is adopting a strategy to that will involve flights making one-stop in the US before taking off to the final destination. Between February 11 to March 28 the airline will be operating flights using the following routes: Beijing-Los Angeles-San Francisco and Beijing-New York (JFK)-Washington (Dulles).
For the Beijing-Los Angeles-San Francisco route, Air China will serve this route four times a week using Boeing 777-300ER or 787-9 aircraft. This route serving the two US west coast hubs started February 11.
The following day (February 12), the airline will launch three-times weekly flights from Beijing to New York before heading to Washington DC. This route will be operated three-times weekly using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
With the amended schedule, Air China will be maintaining daily flights to the US split between the two routes. Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, the airline maintained flights to six US destinations. Besides the four cities that will see the amended services, Air China recently suspended flights to Houston and Newark.
Along with the US-bound flights departing Beijing, it has also cancelled flights from Shenzhen to Los Angeles and the onward connection to Panama via Houston.
As Air China continues to maintain its flights the United States, the US government has temporarily banned entry of foreign travelers who have been to China within the last 14 days except immediate relatives of US citizens or permanent residents.
For returning US residents who have been to China, 11 airports have been designated for arrivals with enhanced screening procedures. Air China will be serving the four of the 11 airports which include: New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Washington (IAD), New Jersey (EWR), Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) and Detroit (DTW).