Air China held a press conference today at Los Angeles International Airport. The dim sum was fantastic - especially the shumai and pork buns - but there was no real news.
As my source predicted last week, Air China announced two pieces of old news. First, it'll start a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Beijing. Initially, it will operate four times per week, but it increases to daily on July 1. And second, Air China will move from Terminal 2 to the fancy new Tom Bradley International Terminal. That also will happen on July 1.
For the Los Angeles-Beijing segment, the third daily flight takes the world's luckiest flight number. It will be Air China 888.
All three of Air China's flight will be on Boeing 777-300ERs. Air China is now flying the Boeing 747-8, which has more seats, so it could have shifted to the bigger plane rather than adding a third flight. But an executive told me that travelers prefer to have three options. Air China is the only airline flying between Beijing and Los Angeles.
One of the things I love about announcements like these is how elected officials take credit for swaying airline executives. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke at the event, and in interviews afterward he made a big deal of his recent trade mission to China. But let's be honest. Air China added a flight because there was demand for it - not because the mayor visited China.
Still, we get great photos like this one.