Flying with Air China

Air China, headquartered at Beijing Capital International Airport, is one of China's biggest and most popular airlines. Secondary hubs are found in Chengdu and Shanghai.

The airline was established in 1988 and became a member of the Star Alliance in 2006. This allows it to codeshare with airlines like Air New Zealand.

Why Fly Air China?

Air China, along with its 7 subsidiary airlines, has an extremely wide network, with more than 200 destinations accessible. As well as China's many airports, Air China flies to all inhabited continents, with much of Asia, Europe and North America covered heavily.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

Why fly with Air China

Ways to Check In

Air China allows airport and online check-in for most flights. Some routes don't allow online check-in however, including flights to New Zealand from Hong Kong, Japan or Europe.

For flights from Auckland, online check-in opens 36 hours and closes 2 hours before departure.

Should you want a special meal on your flight – for dietary or religious reasons – you should request this from the airline before checking in.

Baggage Allowances & Fees

Passengers on international Air China flights are allowed 1 or 2 items of checked luggage, depending on the route.

Economy passengers have a weight limit of 23kg per item, while business class passengers can have bags weighing up to 32kg. The dimensions of the bags must not exceed 158cm.

Gold members of the Star Alliance frequent flyers club are entitled to an extra checked bag.


Economy class passengers can select a seat on their flights for no extra cost. Certain seats are reserved until the day of the flight, and some rows – such as the exit row seats – can only be taken by passengers meeting airline requirements.

Seats can be picked when booking your flights, checking in or by calling the airline directly.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.