Air China, the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People’s Republic of China, landed at Dulles International Airport on June 10th, making Dulles its 6th regularly-scheduled U.S. airport destination. Initially there will be four non-stop flights each week between Dulles and Beijing, with an eye toward establishing daily service in the future. The Houston-Beijing service started as four weekly flights and quickly became a twice-daily service. The other US cities served by Air China are New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu.

Last week’s arrival was marked by festivities at the airport which included a welcome by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. That evening a gala was held at the Chinese embassy in Washington attended by 300 Chinese and local dignitaries such as Virginia Secretary of Trade and Commerce Maurice Jones, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Dr Zhihang Chi of Air China, Metro Washington Airport Authority Jack Potter and the MWAA board. A Chinese string trio performed before dinner and acrobats and singers kept the guests entertained during the dinner of Chinese delicacies.

Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce President Eileen Curtis, an attendee at the gala, acknowledged the importance of this new offering, “As the chamber most centrally aligned with Dulles International Airport, we are delighted that a major airline such as Air China has entered our market. We believe it adds depth to the services offered at Dulles and stimulates trade and tourism between our two nations.”

The current round-trip economy class fare between Dulles and Beijing is $1022. Flights are scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Because of the economic advantages offered by a robust visitor and conference industry, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce supports an integrated, well funded approach to marketing Virginia as a visitor destination. We believe the Commonwealth’s destination marketing and funding strategy must place high priority on those activities that generate the most tax revenue, while creating economic opportunities for businesses in the visitor and conference industry.

Because of the economic advantages offered by a robust visitor and conference industry, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce supports an integrated, well funded approach to marketing Virginia as a visitor destination. We believe the Commonwealth’s destination marketing and funding strategy must place high priority on those activities that generate the most tax revenue, while creating economic opportunities for businesses in the visitor and conference industry.