Air China Limited （中国航空), abbreviated as Air China, is China's state-owned and second largest commercial airline after China Southern Airlines. The old Air China was founded in 1988. The new Air China was formed in 2002 by merging the resources of its predecessor, China National Aviation Company and China Southwest Airlines. Air China Limited was established in Beijing in September 2004 and listed in Hong Kong and London in December the same year. Air China has several branches in southwest China, Zhejiang, Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Tianjin, Guizhou, Tibet and bases in Shanghai and southern China.
Air China is the only airline company which flies with the national flag. It became a member of Star Alliance in December 2007 and it is also the airline partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Its 224 Boeing and Airbus aircrafts operate 243 routes to 28 countries and districts, among which there are 69 international routes, six regional routes and 168 domestic routes. It provides more than 6,000 weekly flights and offers 1 million seats. By traveling with Air China, passengers can easily reach 81 domestic destinations and 42 international and regional destinations through its strong and balanced global route network with Beijing as the major hub. Website: www.airchina.com.cn