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Air Canada launches direct flight between Shanghai and Montreal

AIR Canada yesterday began operating the first direct flight between Shanghai and Montreal in a bid to cap the increasing demands of Chinese tourists traveling to North America.

The airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Flight AC18 took off around 6pm from Pudong International Airport yesterday. It is scheduled to land at the Montreal Trudeau airport at 6:35pm local time to become the longest route of the Canadian airport with flying length of over 13.5 hours.

The Dreamliner to operate the new route will have 20 premier business-class seats that can be turned into flat beds as well as 21 luxury economy seats with ample private space. The aircraft has 210 economy class seats.

Passengers can transfer from Montreal to other Canadian and American destinations, the carrier said. The airline so far has about 30 direct flights between China and Canada. Other routes include Shanghai-Vancouver and Shanghai-Toronto.

The new flight became the 104th international route of the Pudong airport, the airport authority said yesterday.

The number of passengers from the Pudong airport to North American destinations has increased by 14.4 percent to 3.9 million annually from 2010 to 2016, the authority said.

The airport currently has 165 flights every week to North America, comparing with 74 in 2010.


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