Air China Set to Move Its Airport Operations to New Terminal 3

    BEIJING, March 18 /CNW/ -- Air China is set to move all of its Beijing
Capital International Airport operations to New Terminal 3 at midnight on
March 26, 2008. Better services and better facilities mean that all passengers
will benefit.
    As the world's largest airport terminal, Terminal 3 boasts state-of-the-
art equipment and impressive architecture, but getting acclimatized to this
new environment may take time. For passengers to have sufficient time to get
to know the new facility, check-in counters for Air China's domestic flights
will close 45 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time, and
passengers for the company's international and regional flights will close 60
minutes before the scheduled flight departure time. Boarding gates for all of
the company's flights will close 10 minutes before the scheduled flight
departure time.
    With Terminal 3 as the base for its airport operations in Beijing, Air
China has put in place the Advanced Departure Control System, the Ground
Operations Command System, the Automatic Check-in System and the Baggage
Reconciliation System. Self check-in devices and an online check-in system,
which allow passengers to pick seats and print boarding passes themselves,
will be more readily available. The Baggage Reconciliation System will
dramatically increase baggage handling efficiency, and it will make collecting
luggage much quicker and easier for passengers.
    As Terminal 3 is home to both Air China's international and domestic
flights, flight transfer is now easy and convenient. Members of the Star
Alliance will also move their operations to the new facility, ensuring a
passenger-friendly interface between Air China and Star Alliance. Personal
services have also been improved -- Air China PhoenixMiles members can have
their card reissued and mileage retro-credited at dedicated counters, and
elite members are entitled to a bath, meal, video, massage, bar visit,
internet access, and ironing.
    Terminal 3 is easily accessible from the Litian Highway, the North
Airport Highway, the Second Airport Highway and the Airport Rail Line.
Passengers can get onboard the railway (scheduled to be operational in July of
2008) at Dongzhimen. There is also a car parking lot, which offers 7,000
    Terminal 3 is by far the country's largest airport investment and also an
important project in supporting the Beijing Olympics. As the only Olympics
Airline Partner, Air China will make the most of the new facility's resources
and contribute to making the Games as successful as possible. Terminal 3 also
affords an opportunity for Air China to pursue its hub-and-spoke strategy,
achieve high operational efficiency and enhance service quality.
    Passengers are requested to give themselves more time to get their
bearings in the new terminal and go through the usual formalities at customs
and passport control. For more information, please log onto or call the Air China service hotline in China
    Helpful Advice:
    As Air China will move into Terminal 3 on March 26, passengers of Air
China need to check-in at Zones J, H and F. Please take note of the following
    1. Domestic departure passengers, please go to Zone J through Gate 10
       for check-in.
    2. For passengers taking International, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan
       flights, please go to Zone F through Gate 8 for check-in.
    3. First Class, Business Class and Air China club passengers, please go to
       Zone H through nearby Gate 8 for check-in.
    4. Passengers taking flights belonging to The Star Alliance, please go to
       Zone E or D through Gate 4 or 6 for check-in.

    In addition, passengers can reach Terminal 3 through the following ways:
    1. Take the Airport shuttle bus located in fixed areas around the city.
    2. Passengers traveling by car can take the South exit of the Airport
       Highway and follow the signs to Terminal 3.
    3. If passengers go to Terminal 1 or 2 by mistake, please take the shuttle
       bus, operating in both Terminal 1 and 2, to Terminal 3, or walk to
       Terminal 3 by following the signs.

For further information:

For further information: Han Xiao, Marketing Brand Management of Air 
China, +86-10-6464- 5220, or Web Site:

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