AC has announced the introduction of daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai beginning 16FEB. This marks the carrier`s 1st direct service to China from YUL as well as the introduction of the 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on flights departing from YUL. Tickets will be available 28SEP.
"Building on Air Canada's success in the rapidly growing Chinese market we are delighted to announce Air Canada's first direct flights between Montreal and China with the launch of Montreal-Shanghai service next year," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's President & Chief Executive Officer. "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% since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe, North Africa and China.
"China is Canada's 2nd 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. We will be the 1st 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 Montréal-Trudeau airport. Together with our Star Alliance partners, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, and partner Juneyao Airlines, a Shanghai based airline operating to more than 30 destinations in China, we will offer the growing number of travellers between Montreal and China even more convenient travel options to Chinese destinations," Rovinescu concluded.
"This new Montreal-Shanghai non-stop Air Canada service will help deepen our already strong people-to-people ties with China. It will also help boost tourism, trade and the economy and offer more choice for Canadian consumers. Today's announcement comes at an important time in Canada-China relations as demonstrated by the 2 back-to-back Leaders' visits over the past 3 weeks," stated Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent.
In Montreal, flights are timed to optimize connections to and from the carrier's Eastern Canada and U.S. networks including Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, New York and Boston.
In Shanghai, Star Alliance partners Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, along with Juneyao Airlines with whom AC will launch an interline agreement in the coming weeks, offer connectivity to domestic China destinations such as Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenzhen.