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Flying to China just got easier with additional nonstop service from Bush Intercontinental

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Air China is expanding its service to include daily nonstop flights between Houston and Beijing. The Boeing Co.

After introducing nonstop flights between Beijing and Houston last summer on selected days, Air China is expanding service.

Daily flights, which begin March 30, will provide greater connectivity between the United States and China, as well as between Mexico, China and Asia, officials said.

"Strong demand from business and leisure travelers to China and destinations in Asia has accelerated the implementation of our growth strategy for Houston and the south central region of the United States," Air China vice president for North America Zhihang Chi said in a statement. "The additional flights will provide more options and flexibility to international travelers, allowing them to have more convenient connections to cities within China and beyond via our Beijing hub."

Houston is one of only six U.S. cities to offer nonstop flights to the Chinese capital. The new flights on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will depart from George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1 a.m. and returning flights will depart Beijing at 3 p.m. local time.

Since Air China is part of the Star Alliance, United Airlines frequent fliers will receive mileage on their account.

"The city of Houston welcomes this exciting news from our partners at Air China," Mayor Annise Parker said in a press release. "This flight connects two of the most dynamic cities found anywhere in the world and the arrival of daily service will make that connection even stronger moving forward."

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