Passengers with Air China transiting Beijing can now let the airline look after their checked baggage during their transit.
The new service, called “Fully Entrusted-No Baggage Claim”, means that Air China passengers can connect to their onward destination without having to claim their baggage in Beijing. The service will cut the time passengers usually need to spend going through the transit formalities.
Passengers on Air China’s flights departing from Europe and the Americas for Chinese cities with a transit in Beijing can benefit from the new service.
With the “Fully Entrusted-No Baggage Claim” service, passengers can at the airport of origin in Europe and the Americas, pre-authorizate and fully entrust their checked baggage to Air China, and Air China can, on behalf of the passengers, open their checked baggage in transit via Beijing for inspections by the customs and quarantine authorities.
Passengers who need the service are required, while checking in at the airport of origin, to sign the baggage tag(s) to confirm that they agree to fully entrust Air China with process of inspections by the customs and quarantine authorities.
After arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport, passengers can directly clear the immigration without having to claim their checked baggage and then proceed to the transit zone for the onward connecting flight.
To qualify for the service, passengers must fly on Air China-operated flights for the entire journey instead of codeshare flights, and should not put items into their checked baggage that should be declared for customs and quarantine inspections in Beijing.
About Air China
Air China is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, with its headquarters in Beijing. Air China’s flight operations are based at Beijing Capital International Airport. The main subsidiaries of Air China are Air China Cargo, Air Macau, Shenzhen Airlines, Dalian Airlines and Beijing Airlines.
Routes: In June 2016, Air China operated 377 routes, including 98 international routes, 16 regional routes and 263 domestic routes, serving 173 cities in 39 countries and regions, including 61 international cities, 4 regional cities and 108 domestic cities.
Fleet: Almost 400 passenger aircraft and freighters of mainly Boeing and Airbus families.
- 33 Airbus A319
- 43 Airbus A320
- 56 Airbus A321
- 55 Airbus A330
- 143 Boeing 737 Next Gen
- 10 Boeing 747
- 38 Boeing 777
- 7 Boeing 787
(Note: Exact figures are not available, these are best estimates from various reliable sources.)
Passengers: 89.8 million in 2015.
Alliance: Star Alliance
N.B. Image credit: Air China