Air China to Resume 747-8I Frankfurt Ops

Photo Credit: byeangel from Tsingtao, China, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It has been announced this week that the Chinese flag carrier, Air China, is due to resume its Boeing 747-8I Frankfurt operations.

This article will delve into the details surrounding the recent adjustment by the Chinese flag carrier.

Air China 747-8I Frankfurt Ops Resumption

Photo Credit: Kiefer. from Frankfurt, Germany, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

As per data from, the Chinese flag carrier, Air China, will be resuming its Boeing 747-8I Frankfurt, Germany operations.

Restarting from May 1, 2023, their Boeing 747-8Is will operate flight CA965 departing Beijing at 02.30 a.m. and arriving in Frankfurt at 06.50 a.m. The return flight, CA966 will then depart Frankfurt at 13.55 p.m. and arrive back in Beijing the following morning at 05.15 a.m. All times are local.

It is worth noting that the 747-8I will operate initially only three out of the ten weekly flights that Air China operates from Beijing to Frankfurt. Those operational days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Current 747-8I Operations

Air China currently operates a total of seven Boeing 747-8Is, one of them being in a VIP configuration that operates for the Chinese Government. The rest of their fleet has a seating configuration of 12 First Class, 54 Business Class, 66 Premium Economy Class, and 266 Economy Class seats, giving a total of 398 seats per aircraft.

Their Boeing 747-8Is currently only operate domestic Chinese services, mainly between Beijing to both Guangzhou and Shanghai. So Frankfurt will be their first international restart for the type since the beginning of the Covid pandemic.


Seeing Air China resuming their international Boeing 747-8I operations is a great sign, showing that the demand for travel between China and the rest of the world is once again picking up its pace back to the usual demand levels.

It will be interesting to see if Air China rolls the type onto other international destinations, as well as expands its operations to Frankfurt.


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