Air Canada & Air China To Launch 1st Direct Link Between YUL & PEK

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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 city .

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 purchase.

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.

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