Air China will commence Beijing-Mumbai nonstop service on October 25, 2015. As the forthcoming only service from Mainland China to Mumbai, it will spare passengers departing from Beijing for Mumbai the trouble of having to make a detour by transferring in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok and make it much easier to get to the “Gate of India.” The one-way flight takes about seven hours.
As two BRICS countries, China and India have long had close political, economic and people exchanges. In September of 2014, the two countries released a joint declaration on exploring new areas of cooperation through strategic economic dialogue and beginning the “China-India Cultural Exchanges Plan”. The new Beijing-Mumbai service will go a way towards meeting the ever increasing market demand for air services in the fields of economy, trade, tourism, culture and people exchanges.
In 2015, Air China is continuing to build its world-spanning route network with its hub in Beijing, also, with the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative proposed by the Chinese government in mind, has started and will start more routes serving the countries along the “One Belt, One Road”. Examples of the routes include Beijing-Minsk-Budapest opened in the first half of the year and Beijing-Islamabad-Karachi, Beijing-Kuala Lumpur, Beijing-Colombo, Beijing-Johannesburg and Beijing-Addis Ababa to be opened soon.
The service will increase the Asian-Pacific destinations Air China serves to 17, and bring the number of nonstop flights between China and India up to eight a week. The service will offer an additional convenient option for travelers to fly from India and other parts of the Asia Pacific region to other parts of the world via Beijing.