The CNMI wants to get 100,000 tourists from China for this fiscal year, with two chartered flights a week from Beijing due to begin shortly.
Century Tours, one of the only two CNMI-based tour agencies accredited under the 2004 CNMI-China Approved Destination Status agreement, hopes to have the flights commence by December.
Century Tours manager Henry Pun said Air China would use a Boeing 767, which has a capacity of 214 passengers, and this means an additional 428 seats from the China market.
The China tourist market is currently being serviced by China Southern Airlines from Guangzhou and China Eastern Airlines from Shanghai.
The goal is in line with the government's 1 million tourists a year target by 2010.