Fleet revamp shrinks Air China's U.S. capacity
The cull of Air China’s main deck capacity in the U.S. market is exacerbated by the looming demise of its 747-400 combi aircraft. The remaining five combis in its fleet are going to be taken out of service before the end of this year, which translates into reductions on routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Frankfurt. The 777-300s slated to replace them have ample capacity but they cannot take main-deck cargo.
In its home market, Air China has used a combi between Beijing and Chengdu, and the type’s withdrawal will strip the latter point of main-deck capacity. Likewise, San Francisco will no longer be able to take main-deck loads.