BEIJING: Air China will launch a new non-stop route between Beijing and Jakarta from 26th September. The current route stops in Xiamen, with a total flight time of 9.5 hours. However, the new non-stop route, operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, will reduce the journey time to just 7 hours. This will offer passengers a faster, far comfier way to reach the sights and sounds of Jakarta.
Official figures from Indonesia show that over 1.4 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia in 2016. This is an increase of nearly 14% over the previous year, making China the largest source country for inbound tourism.
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Located on the north-west coast of Java, it is a famous port and the most populous city in Southeast Asia. Since the 15th century, Indonesia has been a vital crossroads between the Indian and Pacific oceans, and an important hub for commercial and cultural exchange between East and West.
Air China has launched new routes between Beijing and Colombo, Islamabad, Karachi and other Silk Road destinations in recent past. Last year, Air China also rolled out new connections between Hangzhou and Surat Thani, and Chongqing and Nha Trang. The addition of this non-stop route between Beijing and Jakarta is the latest development in Air China’s strategy to transform Beijing into an airport hub with a truly global reach, and improve network coverage in the Asia Pacific.