Zichen Hao Takes To The Skies; After Following The Beijing Games, Air China Con

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Zichen Hao Takes to the Skies; After Following the Beijing Games, Air China

Continues to Add Visual Sparkle to its Fleet to Emphasize its Association with

the High-end Travel Sector

BEIJING, Oct. 8 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Zichen Hao (Capital Pavilion Liner), a name given to a painted A330-200 named

after Air China's high-end product Capital Pavilion Business Class, made its

first appearance by flying from Beijing to Shanghai on September 19.

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    Zichen Hao is the first painted airliner launched by Air China to promote its

brand after the Beijing Games.  It's inspired by the Company's high-end products

-- Forbidden Pavilion First Class and Capital Pavilion Business Class.  Over the

years, Air China has demonstrated its firm commitment to branding.  From 2005

onwards, the Company has shelled out RMB688 million to revamp the luxury cabins

onboard its jumbo jets.  The Forbidden Pavilion First Class offers enough privacy

and personalized service to make customers feel privileged, and the Capital

Pavilion Business Class emphasizes comfort and convenience.

    Three years of hard work to improve both hardware and service has paid off,

with first-rate facilities and personalized, attention-to-detail services now a

highlight.  The two luxury cabins are available on most of the Company's flights

to and from the United States and Europe.  The launch of the painted airliner is

another effort to seek heightened awareness of the Company's high-end products.

    The A330-200 is equipped with spacious and comfy seats that can recline to

170 degrees, AVOD that allows passengers to enjoy views outside the aircraft,

play games and watch movies on LED screens, and power sockets.

    The fuselage of the airliner features a piece of artwork depicting a blue

peony and a phoenix -- the legendary bird, which is Air China's corporate logo,

is ingeniously finessed from the twigs and offshoots on the flower's left side. 

Peony is China's national flower.  It has taken a lot of work to arrive at the

desired visual effects -- technicians have carefully worked out a process to deal

with different aspects of the painting job, including drying time for layers,

intervals and thicknesses.

    According to Air China's spokesperson Zhang Chunzhi, Air China began painting

its airliners after it was named the Olympics Airliner Partner -- its fleet of

Olympics-themed airliners included Olympics Liner, Fuwa Liner and Sacred Flame

Liner.  To continue that tradition, Air China will continue to roll out painted

airliners, and the Zichen Hao was the first attempt to identify, by the visual

image on the fuselage, the two luxury cabins with Air China.

    In October, Zichen Hao will be joined by its cousin, Zijin Hao (Forbidden

Pavilion Liner).  Zichen Hao will be put into service on flights from Beijing to

Vancouver, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Shanghai and Guangzhou.  Passengers flying

between mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao also have the chance to fly with

Zichen Hao.

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