Air Canada to fly to Shanghai from Montreal
26 / 09 / 2016
Air Canada has confirmed that it is to launch daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai on February 16 next year.
The connection will represent the carrier’s first direct link to China from Montreal, as well as the first use of Air Canada Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft on services out of Montreal.
Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s president and chief executive, said that the service will build on the carrier’s success in the rapidly growing Chinese market, adding that its introduction points to the airline’s commitment to “expand our global reach and reinforce Montreal-Trudeau as a strategic hub”.
“China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner and Air Canada has made a significant investment of more than $1 billion in aircraft and equipment allocated specifically to serve the Chinese market from our Canadian hubs,” he pointed out.
“We will be the first and only Canadian carrier to operate daily non-stop transpacific service between Montreal and the Asia-Pacific region, and with an elapsed time of 14.5 hours, it will be the longest flight ever operated by any carrier from Montreal-Trudeau airport.”
“This new Montreal-Shanghai non-stop Air Canada service will help deepen our already strong people-to-people ties with China,” added Stéphane Dion, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs. “It will also help boost tourism, trade and the economy.”
Plus: “This new direct link between Montreal and Shanghai will not only make life easier for travelers, it will also encourage trade,” noted Quebec’s minister of economy, science, innovation and its minister responsible for digital strategy, Dominique Anglade.
“Easier access to this new market will help foster economic development in our communities.”