What is the carry-on allowance?
Air China’s passengers are allowed to carry in the cabin of the aircraft a limited amount of hand baggage:
|Hand Baggage Allowance – International & Domestic Flights|
|Travel Class||Number of Pieces
of Hand Baggage
|Economy||1||5 kg (11 lbs)||55 x 40 x 20 cm
(22 x 16 x 8 in)
|Business & First||2||8 kg (17 lbs)|
Any item exceeding these maximum dimensions, the weight limit permitted depending on the flight class, or the number of items allowed per traveler will not be accepted as carry-on allowance, their owner being required to register them as checked baggage.
There are certain items considered unacceptable for transportation both as carry-on baggage and checked baggage. Live animals, firearms (except hunting and sporting rifles), knives, police or military equipment, fresh goods which are perishable and have a strong smell are accepted for carriage by Air China.
What is the free checked baggage allowance?
The free checked baggage allowance varies depending on whether the flight is a domestic or an international one, but also on whether the class you’re travelling in First, Business or Economy.
|Free Baggage Allowance|
|Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|Economy||20 kg (44 lbs)||100 x 60 x 40 cm
(40 x 24 x 16 in)
|1* or 2**||23 kg (50 lbs)||158 cm (62 in)
|Business||30 kg (66 lbs)||2||32 kg (70 lbs)|
|First||40 kg (88 lbs)|
|* Routes: Europe, Australia, Asia Pacific (except Japan and Japan via Mainland China), Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Hawaii to/from Mainland China.|
|** Routes: the Americas (except Hawaii), Japan, Africa.|
Should you find yourself in an international flight involving multiple segments and carriers, you should know that, in accordance with the latest international regulations, you are supposed to follow the free baggage allowance of the Most Significant Carrier (MSC) involved in your journey (except for routes to/from the United States and Canada). The airline that will carry you the longest distance or that will operate the major segments of your travel is usually considered to be the Most Significant Carrier. On routes to/from the United States and Canada, the free checked baggage allowance will be determined in accordance with the standards of the First Marketing Carrier as listed in the ticket.
What are the minimum and maximum weight and size for checked baggage?
Every piece of checked baggage must comply with Air China’s minimum and maximum limits for weight or dimension:
|Weight per Piece||Size per Piece (total linear dimensions)|
|2 kg (4 lbs)||32 kg (70 lbs)||60 cm (24 in)||203 cm (80 in)|
Excess Baggage Fees & Special Baggage
Every piece of luggage that exceeds the free checked baggage allowance will be accepted as checked baggage after the according charges will be paid. If, however, the maximum limit (in weight or dimensions) is exceeded, your luggage will be considered cargo.
|Excess Baggage Fees – International|
of checked baggage
|Overweight OR Oversized||490 RMB||75 USD|
|Overweight AND Oversized||700 RMB||110 USD|
of checked baggage
|1st in excess||700 RMB||110 USD|
|2nd in excess||1000 RMB||155 USD|
|3rd in excess||1500 RMB||230 USD|
|4th in excess||2200 RMB||340 USD|
|5th in excess||3100 RMB||480 USD|
|6th in excess||4500 RMB||690 USD|
On domestic flights (transportation within China for the whole journey), the excess baggage fee per kilo is 1.5% of the highest published non-stop, one-way adult Economy Class fare.
The following sports equipment are included in the free baggage allowance but the part in excess is subject to regular excess baggage fee: golf equipment, ski/water skiing equipment (not including snow sledge/water skiing sledge), bowling equipment, bicycles, roller skates, skateboard, diving equipment, archery equipment, hockey gear, camping gear, parachutes (including paragliding gear), tennis equipment, mountain climbing gear, fishing gear.
The following sports equipment are not included in the free baggage allowance and are subject to special baggage fees:
|Sports Equipment||International and Regional Flights – Piece Concept||Domestic Flights
– Weight Concept
|Weight per Piece||Fee per Piece|
|Canoe, kayak, gliding
appliances, snow sledge,
water skiing sledge
|Up to 23 kg||2600 RMB||400 USD||Regular
|23-32 kg||3900 RMB||600 USD|
equipment, rubber boats
|Up to 23 kg||2600 RMB||400 USD|
|23-32 kg||3900 RMB||600 USD|
|32-45 kg||5200 RMB||800 USD|
|Pole vault equipment||Up to 23 kg||1300 RMB||200 USD|
|23-32 kg||2600 RMB||400 USD|
|32-45 kg||3900 RMB||600 USD|
horse riding equipment
|Up to 23 kg||1300 RMB||200 USD|
|23-32 kg||2600 RMB||400 USD|
Checked Baggage Regulations
Air China has some very specific regulations concerning checked baggage. First of all, any piece of luggage should be clearly marked both on the inside and on the outside with the personal identification details (name, address, telephone number) of the owner.
Secondly, you should pay attention to the manner in which your baggage will be packed. Air China advises its passengers to properly pack and secure their luggage, in order for it to be loaded, unloaded and transported safely, and also to be resilient to pressure.
Some more specific requirements that you should take into consideration are as follows:
- Wrapping the baggage into a plastic bag, straw or mesh bag, as well as tying it with a rope is strictly forbidden.
- Avoid packing extra items in the same checked luggage bag, as this will facilitate a possible crack, if exposed to outside pressure.
- Try not to pack together two or more luggage bags, as they may come loose and separate.
- If possible, make use of all the security means your suitcase or travel bag has to offer, for a better protection of your goods.
There are, however, certain items which you are strongly advised not to carry as checked baggage:
- Travel and identification documents, or important documents of any kind.
- Valuables, including cash, checks, precious metals and jewelry.
- Computers or other personal electronic devices.
- Medication which should be taken regularly.
If you find yourself in need of special transport conditions for your fragile luggage (such as musical instruments, glassware, porcelain etc.), certain fares and conditions will be in effect, and therefore you will need to directly contact Air China’s offices for making the necessary preparations in advance.
Lost and Found
If you just disembarked and, upon baggage delivery, you could not identify your luggage, you will need to immediately report the situation to the baggage service counter in the terminal. If, however, you were unable to make that claim at the airport, you have the possibility of filing a written claim within a maximum of 7 days for damaged baggage and 21 days for lost baggage. Air China will not be held responsible for damage or loss reported later than the time limits given.
After you successfully reported your baggage being lost, Air China will search for it during a 24-hour period using the “WT System”. The client will be informed as soon as any findings come up. The original departure location, as well as all the transit points will be investigated through every channel available.
If your baggage is damaged or lost on a flight between USA / Canada and China, special compensation policies will apply in accordance with the Montreal Convention (the baggage compensation limit will be set at 1.000 special withdrawing rights per passenger). This compensation policy should be confirmed according to Air China’s regulations of luggage transportation.
Air China puts at the traveler’s disposal a Missing Property Questionnaire for completion, in case the previous claim for lost baggage could not be resolved within 72 hours. This is part of a second step taken towards assisting their clients in order for them to find their missing personal property. This form will require, besides your complete personal information, a full description of the lost property and also a comprehensive list of its content. Should you be unlucky enough to lose more than one piece of baggage, you must repeat the procedure for every one of them. After completing the form, you are supposed to e-mail or fax it to the Lost & Found office.
Another useful tool placed at your service is the Baggage Tracer, which can be used to trace your delayed baggage, should it be mishandled. Using only your file reference and name, you can check the current status and location of your luggage.
Air China’s baggage service regarding collection and delivery implies several conditions:
- If you find yourself unable to pick up your checked baggage in a timely manner, Air China will offer to store your luggage in exchange for a predefined fee.
- If you not claim your checked baggage within three months from the moment it was made available, Air China will reserve the right to dispose of it without further notice.
- The Baggage Identification Tag and the Baggage Check will be required in order for your baggage to reach you.
- If you cannot present these documents, Air China reserves its right to make further inquiries so they may validate the rightful owner of a particular checked baggage.