Sea by the City
The Unofficial Blog of Long Beach, NY
I saw a number of Chinese Generals in full dress uniform getting off that shuttle one day. I was starting to worry the war had already started…
I often wondered about that building. I think Air China actually may own it.
I think activity in this building is fairly new, saw people coming and going last week too. It sat dormant for years from what I could tell.
I always heard Air China owned it, but It always looked vacant to me. So I was soooo excited when I saw the bus unload.
I’ve seen them once in while over the years. With so much space, I wonder if other airlines use that facility as well.
According the “CITY OF LONG BEACH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM” from May, 2005 “Air China owns 485 W. Broadway, a building that was formerly a senior hotel. It currently houses Air China employees but is mostly vacant. A $2 million renovation of the building is planned for continued use by Air China employees.”
Air China uses that location as a “hotel” for their crews rather than having the expense of them staying at a hotel. If they have been doing it since 2005, they have probably made their money back multiple times.
I saw this as well and was very curious!! Hopefully they will go out and spend money around the neighborhood!!
They spend there money at Costco. They have a bus that goes there everyday so they all load up on stuff to bring back to China. They have been in that building for years. The Golden touch shuttle makes multiple trips a day back and forth to JFK (and Costco). Its both flight crews and ground crew that are employees of “Air China” the national carrier of PRC.
The man that used to own the building was a friend of my family. He was paid in full, cash money up front, by the Air China representative.
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