Air China has started operating a weekly Boeing 747-400 service from London's Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong, doubling its cargo capacity on the route. The airline's partner, Pace Airline Services, said China's national carrier had also increased the number of its weekly flights from London to Beijing from two to three. Founder and managing director of Pace, Mac Warner, said: 'The timely inauguration of Air China's new Hong Kong service and the increased and upgraded service to Beijing will provide UK forwarders with much-needed cargo capacity on these already highly stretched routes. 'Added to our well-developed on-forwarding services throughout mainland China, I believe that the Air China and Pace partnership offers forwarders an unrivalled service to what is arguably now the world's fastest-growing economy.' The new service to Hong Kong will operate every Monday. More flights are due to be introduced later in the year. The Air China flights are co-ordinated in Britain by Pace's ramp and warehouse staff and by its office in Beijing. Pace provides an airport-to-door delivery service for next-day shipments within the Beijing area as well as inland trucking services to 50 key points in China. Pace and Air China have been partners since 1993.