Air Canada & Air China To Launch 1st Direct Link Between YUL & PEK
Air China and Air Canada are
preparing for the launch of non-stop flights between Beijing and Montreal,
creating the first transpacific direct link between Asia and Quebec's largest
The flights will be operated
by CA starting 29SEPT, initially 3x's a week, with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
AC will place its code on the flights for sale on a codeshare basis in the 1st
phase of the operation. In the 2nd phase, subject to approvals, the
2 carriers say they intend to form a revenue sharing joint venture covering all
flights between China and Canada.
Seats are now available for
With the launch of non-stop
YUL-PEK service, the pair of Star Alliance airlines will offer connections and
transfers to other cities in China , Canada and the U.S.
AC and CA signed a memorandum
of understanding in November 2014 setting out the principles for an integrated
revenue sharing joint venture. The MOU provides for an enhanced partnership on
routes between China and Canada which is expected to stimulate traffic growth
between the 2 countries. The joint venture is expected to come into effect in
the 2nd half of 2015.
"We look forward to
offering customers the first transpacific direct link from Montreal to Asia and
developing our partnership with Air China through a joint venture that will
provide customers of both carriers additional travel options," said Calin
Rovinescu, President & Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.
Rovinescu's counterpart at
Air China, Song
Zhiyong says the new route “will
strengthen the links between China and Canada. We look forward to continuing to
develop our enhanced partnership with Air Canada and to implementing our
comprehensive joint venture upon receiving all necessary approvals."
Flight CA879 will depart PEK
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 13:00, arriving YUL at 13:50. CA880 will
depart YUL on the same days at 16:20, arriving Beijing at 18:00.
With the new Beijing -
Montreal route, Air China will place its CA code on Air Canada flights between
YUL and select cities in Canada, subject to government approval. CA operates up
to 11 flights per week between Beijing and Vancouver.
AC operates up to a total of
28 flights per week between Canada and China, from YYZ and YVR to and from PEK
and PVD. CA offers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver
and 6 Canadian cities while AC currently offers customers AC codeshare flights
operated by Air China between Beijing and 6 cities in China.