Air China plans to launch the only direct route from China to Belarus and Hungary from May 1, 2015.
The four-time weekly Beijing-Minsk-Budapest services CA721/722 will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The outbound flight will depart from Beijing at 13:00 Beijing time and will arrive in Minsk at 16:50 local time and in Budapest at 18:20 local time. The return flight will depart from Budapest at 19:00 and will arrives in Beijing at 11:50 Beijing time on the second day.
The route is to be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Minsk is the capital of Belarus as well as the economic, technological and cultural center of Belarus. It is also home to the headquarters of Commonwealth of Independent States. A decade since having gained independence, many of the former systems and institutions from the Soviet Union period have remained. Many students, lovers and old-timers converge in the central garden atnoon, in contrast to the old “Soviet Union flavor.”
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. In its early days, it was two cities – Bada and Pest – on the two sides of the Danube. Centuries later, in 1873 the two cities merged to become today’s Budapest known as “Oriental Paris,” and “Gem on the Danube.” The river Danube which flows slowly through the city evokes the memory of a beautiful necklace and gives the city an air of peace.
With increasing exchanges between China and Europe in recent years, the market demand for air transportation has been growing rapidly. In 2014, the passenger throughput of the Minsk airport experienced a robust 19% increase over the previous year. The year 2015 marks the 66th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Hungary. Official statistics suggest that since Hungary was formally opened to Chinese tourists in 2003, the number of Chinese tourists visiting the country has been increasing at an annual rate of 15%. Recently, Hungary has become one of the most important destinations for Chinese tourists to Eastern Europe.
As the largest carrier between China and Europe, Air China offers over 100 flights between the two parts of the world, serving such important European cities as London, Paris, Munich, Vienna and Barcelona. The new Beijing – Minsk – Budapest route to be opened will bring the number of European destinations Air China serves up to 18 and the number of routes the carrier operates to 19. It will further promote the economic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe and expand Air China’s route network in Europe. With Air China’s extensive global route network with the hub based in Beijing and Air China’s admission to the Star Alliance, passengers can easily get to 1,328 airports in 195 countries around the world.
By December 2014, Air China had a fleet of 523 passenger aircraft and freighters of mainly Boeing and Airbus families (including those of the carriers which Air China has a majority stake in). It operates 322 routes, including 82 international routes, 15 regional routes and 225 domestic routes. It serves 159 cities in 32 countries and regions, including 53 international cities, 3 regional cities and 103 domestic cities. Every week, Air China offers over 1.3 million seats on over 7000 flights per week.