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Seat selection with Air China

Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:13 pm

Hi all.

I'm looking to travel with my girlfriend from JFK-PEK-JFK on Air China in April. Currently the seat maps show no seat selection available. I would assume many are blocked and the flights are not actually this over booked months in advance but I am unfamiliar with Air China and weary of risking a 14 hour flight where we can't sit together.

Does anyone have any experiences with long haul seat selection on Air China for flights with no available seats? IE, if i call the airline after booking are they likely to help assign me seats? Will many seats open up via online check in early and allow us to sit together? I'd take a slight risk given the excellent cost of the flights but if we are highly unlikely to sit together I might not select these flights.

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Seat selection with Air China

Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:34 pm

When I flew them longhaul I called reservations. IIRC maybe the first 5 rows of economy are blocked under airport control.

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