Air China will launch 3X-weekly Boeing 777-300ER Beijing-Johannesburg service from Oct. 29, marking the Chinese carrier’s entrance into the African market. Beijing-based Air China said it will also start flights to Addis Ababa before the end of this year. The Star Alliance carrier currently operates no flights to Africa. The direct, 14 hr. Beijing-Johannesburg flight will replace a void created when South African Airways, also a Star Alliance member, ceased operating.