Nowadays it seems the investment and fleet renewal has paid off and flyer forums seem to talk of Air China as comparable with US airlines even if not top of the pile. The creation of Zichen Hao was one of the efforts undertaken to 'seek heightened awareness' of the company's high end products. Unlike the previous product the A330 featured 'comfy seats that can recline to 170 degrees, AVOD that allows passengers to enjoy views outside the aircraft, play games and watch movies on LED screens, and power sockets'.
The livery itself is beautiful, featuring a large blue peony (the Chinese national flower) forward on the fuselage. The Air China Phoenix is worked into the stem and twig motif emanating from the flower and this intricate theme of gold lines is linked to a large gold sash swirling around the fuselage. Following completion of its duties as the 'Sacred Flame Liner' sistership B-6075 was rolled out in October wearing a companion livery named Zijin Hao (Forbidden Pavilion Liner) in honour of the new First class. The second scheme is similar except the peony is now red in keeping with the first class emblem.
The first and business class products have no doubt changed substantially since 2006 with the introduction of new 777-300ERs, 747-8is and 787-9s but both A330s continue to wear their special colours, which are some of the finest of a great collection of special colours coming out of China.
2006. Air China launch Forbidden/Capital Pavilion Class. Airliners.net
2008. Air China Unveils Special "Capital Pavilion" Livery on A330-200. WCARN.com
2008. Zichen Hao Takes to the Skies. PRNewswire
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