On June 10th, 2014, Air China began operations at Washington Dulles International Airport with non-stop service to Beijing. I was on hand for MWAA to cover the inaugural events at Dulles, which was attended by Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe (D), Deputy Mayor of Washington DC for Planning & Economic Development Victor Hoskins, People's Republic of China's Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, and Vice Chairman of Air China Madame Wang.
A Discover Dulles event was hosted, which invited 50 lucky individuals to witness the arrival of Air China's first flight, from aside R/W 1C, and a water arch on T/L B as the Boeing 777-300ER taxied into its new gate at A23. The festivities got kicked off with a traditional Dragon Dance leading from the Air China ticket counter to the event space to send off the Discover Dulles guests as they headed out to welcome the flight.
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