Air China plans Beijing-Houston flights

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Air China has applied for authority to fly between Beijing and Houston Intercontinental with the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

The Chinese flag carrier would operate four-times weekly on a Boeing 777-300ER from 11 July, according to a regulatory filing on 28 December 2012.

The flights would connect with Star Alliance partner United Airlines' large hub at Houston Intercontinental and complement Air China's existing service to Los Angeles, New York's John F. Kennedy and San Francisco.

Air China has authority from the DOT to fly to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Portland (Oregon) and San Francisco, according to the filing.

Zhihang Chi, North American general manager at Air China, told Flightglobal in September 2012 that it planned to boost frequencies on its existing routes to the USA and was looking at adding flights to United's hubs in Chicago and Houston.

No airlines fly between Beijing and Houston.