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Air Canada launching non-stop Montreal-Shanghai flights

MONTREAL, Que.– Air Canada is introducing daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China beginning February 16, 2017.

This marks Air Canada’s first direct service to China from Montreal as well as the introduction of state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on flights departing from Montreal.

“This also marks the introduction of Air Canada’s first 787 Dreamliner aircraft service from Montreal, further underlining our commitment to expand our global reach and reinforce Montreal-Trudeau as a strategic hub. With today’s announcement, Air Canada has increased its international capacity from Montreal by 133 per cent since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe,North Africa and China,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

China is Canada’s second largest trading partner and Air Canada has invested more than $1 billion in aircraft and equipment allocated specifically to serve the Chinese market from our Canadian hubs.

“During Montreal’s economic mission to China last year, the mayor of Shanghai and I renewed our twinning agreement by committing to strengthening our economic and commercial exchanges and continuing to work towards providing direct airline service between our two cities. I am certain today’s announcement will generate significant economic opportunities, giving our organizations greater access to new markets and helping to attract foreign businesses that will create jobs for Canadians,” stated Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

In related news, Air Canada announced that the summer 2017 season will introduce the following year-round direct service:

  • Toronto – Mumbai
  • Vancouver – Taipei

Four other new destinations have also been announced:

  • Toronto – Berlin
  • Montreal – Algiers
  • Montreal – Marseille
  • Vancouver – Nagoya

“We’re pleased to offer cargo service to these new destinations around the world. Cities like Mumbai and Taipei are welcome additions to our international network. Air Canada Cargo is a truly global carrier, with the ability to move shipments directly on Air Canada’s network and beyond, ” said Lise-Marie Turpin, Vice President, Cargo. “This growth represents very exciting opportunities for us and our customers, especially as it is in combination with the expansion of our new freighter network.”