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New air cargo service to China, Texas bolsters Edmonton’s trade network


EDMONTON, Alta.– Edmonton International Airport (EIA) together with Air China Cargo (ACC), announced Edmonton will be the carrier’s first scheduled freighter destination in Canada.

China’s flag air cargo carrier, ACC, will use a high-volume-capacity Boeing 777F aircraft, serving EIA six times per week (three from Dallas and three from Shanghai). The new service will start on Sept. 3, 2015 with a Shanghai-Edmonton-Dallas-Edmonton-Shanghai routing. Shanghai’s Pudong Airport is also the world’s third busiest cargo hub, said the release.

“This will be the first freighter route between Mainland China and Alberta, and is a key step in connecting two economies with high-growth momentum,” says Patrick Yu, Air China Cargo Vice-President. “The market demand for direct cargo services between Asia and Canada has been growing, and our brand new route will help build important trade links between the two regions.”

“Air China Cargo’s investment in EIA greatly expands the Edmonton Metro region and Alberta’s cargo network,” says Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO. “Our energy, manufacturing, agriculture and other industries can now ship goods more efficiently to China and the Asia-Pacific region, expanding our region’s global trade reach.”

The service will also bring many consumer goods like smart phones, tablets, audio/visual components, fashion merchandise and many other retail products to Edmonton from China.

EIA estimates that this service will generate a $31 million GDP gain per year for the region.

“This new cargo service is a game changer for the Edmonton Metro region,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Air China Cargo’s confidence in Edmonton, as its inaugural Canadian entry market, is underlined by our strong logistics and economic fundamentals. This service was made possible through the efforts of EIA, and both EIA and ACC were key components of our Asia mission this spring.”