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Our codeshare partners

Air China

The Great Wall of China

Virgin Atlantic is proud to be a codeshare partner with Air China - China's national flag carrier.  Our codeshare partnership with Air China was first launched in July 2006.

Destinations we can connect you to

From/to To/from
London Heathrow Beijing
London Gatwick Beijing
London Heathrow Beijing (via Shanghai)
London Heathrow Chongqing (via Shanghai)
London Heathrow Chengdu (via Shanghai)
London Heathrow Wenzhou (via Shanghai)

Route map

Air China route map

Connecting flights

Our codeshare partnership with Air China means that we can take you to Beijing from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick on Air China flights. We can also connect you between Virgin Atlantic’s flight from London Heathrow to Shanghai and Air China’s flights from Shanghai to Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu and Wenzhou.

At the airport

You can find Air China in Terminal 3 at London Heathrow, North Terminal at London Gatwick, and Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital Airport. At Shanghai Pudong Airport, where you are able to transfer between Virgin Atlantic and Air China, both airlines use Terminal 2.

Baggage allowance

For information on how much baggage you can take when travelling on Air China flights, please visit the Air China website (opens in a new window).

About Air China

Air China was established in July 1988 and its flight operations are based out of Beijing Capital International Airport, with hubs also in Chengdu and Shanghai.

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