10 OCTOBER 2016
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Air Canada has announced the introduction of daily year-round flights from Montréal to Shanghai (China) beginning 16 February 2017.
This is the first direct service to China from the Canadian city and marks the introduction of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on flights departing from there.
"Building on Air Canada's success in the rapidly-growing Chinese market, we are delighted to announce Air Canada's first direct flights between Montréal and China with the launch of Montréal – Shanghai service next year," said Air Canada president and chief executive officer Calin Rovinescu.
"This also marks the introduction of Air Canada's first 787 Dreamliner aircraft service from Montréal, further underlining our commitment to expand our global reach and reinforce Montréal-Trudeau as a strategic hub.
"With today's announcement, Air Canada has increased its international capacity from Montréal by 133% since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe, North Africa and China.”
Rovinescu pointed out that China is Canada's second-largest trading partner. “We will be the first and only Canadian carrier to operate daily non-stop transpacific service between Montréal and the Asia-Pacific region, and with an elapsed time of 14.5hr it will be the longest flight ever operated by any carrier from Montréal-Trudeau airport,” he said.
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