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Air China

About Air China

Air China, with headquarters in Beijing, comprises the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China and the country's second largest airline after China Southern Airlines. The company's first flight was made in 1988, the year Air China was founded, however Air China didn't really take off until the mid-90s when aircraft started being imported and the number of airports in China increased. In 2004, with the airline industry now well-established, Air China acquired Zhejiang Airlines and entered in to the Hong Kong and London stock markets. They currently offer flights to destinations across Asia, Europe, America and Australia.

Online check-in

All passengers on Air China flights can check-in online to save time queuing at the airport. During the online check-in process it is possible to select a seat and print out your boarding pass. However, the check-in time varies in accordance with the departure airport. For example, online check-in opens for domestic flights 24 hours prior to scheduled flight departure and closes 1 hour before take-off. Similarly, online check-in opens 48-24 hours before international flights and closes 4-1 hour before take-off. Thus, passengers are highly advised to check the timetable for their corresponding flight before they check-in online.

Hand luggage allowance

On Air China flights all cabin baggage must fit in the seat in front of you or the overhead compartments. In addition, the permitted baggage weight varies in accordance with the passenger class of travel.

First and Business Class passengers are allowed up to two items of baggage weighing a maximum 8kg whilst Economy Class passengers are allowed one item of cabin baggage weighing no more than 5kg.

All items of baggage cannot measure more than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Any items of cabin baggage exceeding the aforementioned weight and dimensions restrictions will be stored in the hold.

Checked baggage allowance

Checked baggage should weigh between 2kg and 45kg. For international flights, each item of checked baggage should weigh no more than 32kg. Those baggage items weighing between 32kg and 45kg should meet the requirements of the destination airport and onward carrier (if applicable). With regards to the maximum dimensions, items of baggage cannot measure more than 230cm (height, length and width). or less than 60cm. All baggage exceeding the aforementioned weight or dimension restrictions can be checked in but excess baggage fees will apply.

Airline information

  • Airline name: Air China
  • IATA code: CA
  • Founded: 1988
  • Headquarters: Pekin, China
  • Website:

Latest customer reviews on Air China flights

3.0 /5
Total reviews based on: 2
Heathrow - Shenzhen ( LHR - SZX )
3.0 /5
Date 2017-09-27 City Norfolk Age Under 30 Class Economy

pleasant staff and adequate meal choices but my baggage was lost in Beijing and I was told to wait in Shenzhen for the next few hours to retrieve it, before finally giving up and heading home - at my own cost and effort. My baggage did arrive the following day but I had little assurance it would do so. This may have been down to a language barrier, mind.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Heathrow - Nanking Nanjing ( LHR - NKG )
3.0 /5
Date 2017-08-31 City East-Sussex Age Under 30 Class Economy

My connection was cancelled without explanation, although Air China did put me on the next flight and provide travel and accommodation overnight, and I understand that these things happen. Other passengers said how confusing the process for getting rebooked was, and I think that clearer/more visible guidance about where to go and who to talk to would have been helpful. A wider selection of English entertainment would improve the experience. Compared to Cathay and Air Malaysia, this stands out the most, as they had a significant selection of popular and/or recent films, series' and music.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
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