Star Alliance member Air China adds a new route that connects Southern California's Silicon Beach to China's own Silicon Valley starting Dec. 7, 2017.

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Starting Dec. 7, 2017, the three times weekly nonstop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Shenzhen (SZX) will be operated by the airline's newest Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9. It will be the first direct service from Los Angeles to China's City of the Future.

"With China as Los Angeles' top trading partner, we are committed to growing and strengthening the economic and cultural ties between the two. The new nonstop Los Angeles-Shenzhen service brings together two of the world's leading technology and innovation hubs," Dr. Zhihang Chi, Vice President and General Manager of Air China North America stated.

AirChina's B787-9 three-cabin Dreamliner features 30 seats in Capital Pavilion (business class), 34 premium economy and 229 economy class seats for a total of 293. 

Schedule and other details for the new service:

Flight #

Origin-Destination

Departure*

Arrival*

Frequency

Aircraft

CA 769

Shenzhen-Los Angeles

23:30

20:00

Mon, Thu, Sat

B787-9

CA 770

Los Angeles-Shenzhen

22:50

5:40+2**

Mon, Thu, Sat

B787-9

Note: * All times are local. ** +2 = Two days. Days of operation and times are subject to
seasonal changes.

This announcement, Air China's latest in a series of unprecedented expansions in North America, brings the average of its seasonally adjusted flights to 150 per week between cities throughout the region and China. Since 2013, China'snational carrier has been launching a new route every year.

In September 2016, Air China launched its nonstop service between Shanghai(PVG) and San Jose(SJC), its first direct service between Shanghai and North America. The international carrier's other U.S. and Canada gateways offer nonstop services to Beijing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver and Montreal.