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Historic Gateway Will Open for Nonstop Service from Houston to Beijing

Houston – (January 14, 2013) – An unprecedented partnership between Houston and China will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The new gateway will connect business and leisure travelers between the fourth largest city in the U.S. and mainland China.

WHO: Mayor Annise Parker
Air China Vice President and General Manager for North America – Dr. Zhihang Chi
Consul General – Xu Erwen
Houston Airport System Director – Mario Diaz

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (11:00 a.m.)

WHERE: Julia Ideson Library Auditorium
550 McKinney Street (Across from City Hall Houston, TX 77002)

NOTE: Media should contact the media line (281) 233-1234 to confirm.

– Drop-off only on McKinney/Main entrance side – media will enter through
the main entrance of Julia Ideson Building (off McKinney) per Library

– Houston Public Library’s underground garage (entrance from Lamar)

– 1100 Smith garage above Pappas

– Parking meters or surface lots on streets surrounding Library

The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2012, ranking as the 4th largest multi-airport system in the U.S. Houston’s three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute more than $27.5 billion to the regional economy. For more information, visit

Air China is the world’s largest airline by market capitalization, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It operates a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Its robust network of 289 routes extends throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South and North America from its main hub at Beijing Capital International Airport where it offers unrivaled connections to cities within China and beyond. As a Star Alliance member, Air China has within its reach 1,356 destinations in 193 countries. Visit or call Air China’s North America Call Center at 800-882-8122 for more information.


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