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Historic Gateway Opens for Nonstop Service from Houston to Beijing

Join the celebration as the inaugural flight of Air China arrives at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on Thursday, July 11, 2013. The unprecedented partnership between Houston and China opens a new gateway and solidly connects business and leisure travelers between the fourth largest city in the U.S. and mainland China.


Mayor Annise Parker

Vice Chairwoman of Air China Limited- Madame Wang Yinxiang

Houston Consul General of China- Ms. Xu Erwen Houston’s Honorary Goodwill Ambassador- Yao Ming Houston Airport System Director – Mario Diaz


Thursday, July 11, 2013 (2:30pm- escort through security to gate area)


George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Terminal D (Parking will be validated)


Media should contact the media line (281) 233-1234 to confirm. Please bring valid ID. Escort will also be provided to the tarmac and tour of Air China aircraft.

The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2011, 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 billion to the regional economy. IAH is the 7th busiest airport in the nation and is the largest hub for the world’s largest airline. IAH and HOU offer 22 airlines providing nonstop flights to more than 180 destinations worldwide. 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.


Darian Ward

Public Information Officer

Houston Airport System

(281) 233-1702

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