Tracks From China, joined Mar 2004, 24 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5722 times:
I'm wondering if anyone has information on the Air China flights between PEK and JFK, SFO and LAX in the 1990s - specifically if any of them were operated non stop and if not where they made tech stops (Anchorage?) and whether they were daily flights or operated less frequently. Also does anyone have confirmation that with the exception of NW's DTW-PEK service (starting in 1999) no U.S. airlines operated non stop services between the two countries during the 1990s?
Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5682 times:
With regard to Air China (known for part of the 90's as CAAC), 747SP's operated nonstop from Shanghai to SFO 4x per week.1x per week the flight continued to LAX, and 2x per week the flight continued on to JFK with no traffic rights on the domestic sectors. Air China didn;t fly PEK to North America unti later.
Air China operated an interesting concept during the late 80's and 90's. Shanghai was the gateway city to North America. Guangzhou was the gateway to Southeast Asia and Australia, and Beijing was the gateway to Europe and the Middle East.