San José will be Air China’s tenth gateway in North America and its first destination with direct connections to Shanghai from the Silicon Valley. The carrier’s other US and Canada gateways offer nonstop services to Beijing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver and Montreal.
“Shanghai is a major center of commerce in China and one of the top five requested international destinations by Silicon Valley travelers, and this flight will help strengthen the economic ties between our two regions. I thank Air China for its commitment to and investment in San José,” said Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose.
“Linking two forward-looking cities is a fulfillment of our company’s mission of promoting economic growth and connectivity. The interdependence of two of the world’s largest economies makes the San Jose-Shanghai service a compelling case in this age of globalisation,” stated Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China’s vice president of North America.
He added, “The new service is a response to a strong demand in Silicon Valley for a direct flight to Shanghai. More significantly, it is a result of our collaborative partnership with the City of San José and the Mineta San José International Airport management team.”
A corporate survey conducted in 2012 revealed Shanghai as the top Asian destination by Silicon Valley travelers. Shanghai has also the largest number of Silicon Valley company locations in China.
According to the US Census, San José serves a very large Chinese market and other Asian ethnic groups that can benefit from Air China’s new nonstop service.
The new flight announcement is Air China’s latest in a round of expansions in the United States and Canada. In July 2015, Air China increased its nonstop Los Angeles-Beijing to three times daily.
In September last year, the airline launched its historic thrice weekly nonstop Montreal-Beijing service, the first to connect Montreal directly to China and the rest of Asia. A month later, it launched its nonstop Newark-Beijing flights.