|Houston, TX – (January 10, 2013) – An unprecedented partnership between Houston and China will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The new gateway will connect business and leisure travelers between the fourth largest city in the U.S. and mainland China. |
WHO: Mayor Annise Parker
Air China Vice President and General Manager for North America- Dr. Zhihang Chi
Consul General - Xu Erwen
Houston Airport System Director - Mario Diaz
WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (11:00 am)
WHERE: Julia Ideson Library Auditorium
550 McKinney Street (Across from City Hall Houston, TX 77002
NOTE: Media should contact the media line (281) 233-1234 to confirm.
Drop-off only on McKinney/Main entrance side – media will enter through the main entrance of Julia Ideson Bldg. (off McKinney) per Library
Houston Public Library’s underground garage (entrance from Lamar)
1100 Smith garage above Pappas Parking meters or surface lots on streets surrounding Library
The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2011, ranking as the 4th largest multi-airport system in the U.S. Houston's three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute more than $24 billion to the regional economy. IAH is the 7th busiest airport in the nation and is the largest hub for the world’s largest airline. IAH and HOU offer 21 airlines providing nonstop flights to more than 180 destinations worldwide. For more information, visit www.fly2houston.com
Air China is the world’s largest airline by market capitalization, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It operates a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Its robust network of 289 routes extends throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South and North America from its main hub at Beijing Capital International Airport where it offers unrivaled connections to cities within China and beyond. As a Star Alliance member, Air China has within its reach 1,356 destinations in 193 countries. Visit www.airchina.us or call Air China’s North America Call Center at 800-882-8122 for more information.