A warm New York welcome awaited Air China’s B747-8i when it landed at JFK International January 7 after departing from Beijing. The flight marked Air China’s international debut of the B747-8i, making the airline the first in China to operate Boeing’s newest wide-body passenger aircraft and the only airline with nonstop services between New York and Beijing. Air China’s new-generation B747-8i features 12 luxury suites in the Forbidden Pavilion first-class cabin, 54 fully-flat sleepers in the Capital Pavilion business class, 66 premium economy seats, and 233 seats in the economy cabin for a total of 365 seats. The aircraft is also the first to sport the company’s new interior design of cabins, which depicts three traditional Chinese cultural elements that represent the harmonious unity of heaven, earth and sky. Air China’s B747-8i will service a daily roundtrip route from Beijing to New York.
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