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Air China Cargo Launches Shanghai-Edmonton-Dallas-Edmonton-Shanghai Service

 

As freighter B2097 lifted off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at noon on 3rd September, it marked the official launch of Air China Cargo’s Shanghai-Edmonton-Dallas-Edmonton-Shanghai service. The route will be operated three times a week with the brand new B777F freighter. Edmonton is Air China’s Cargo first scheduled freighter destination in Canada. With the launch of route, Air China Cargo is the first and only Chinese cargo airline to provide direct cargo services between Shanghai and Edmonton.

Edmonton is Canada’s fifth largest municipality, and is the capital of the province of Alberta. The city is also the northern economic centre of Alberta, a key hub for its oil and natural gas industry. It is also known as “The Oil Capital of Canada.” The Edmonton service will provide shippers with more choices and flexibility, providing an additional express solution for cargo shipments from Canada to Asia-Pacific. Cargo from Central Canada can reach the rest of Air China Cargo’s global network through its Shanghai hub, effectively cutting down transit times. In addition, the route expands Air China Cargo’s network in North America, connecting Alberta and Texas, two key oil-producing regions.

Air China Cargo Vice President Patrick Yu said “This will be first freighter route between Mainland China and Alberta, and is a key step in connecting two economies with high growth momentum. The market demand for direct cargo services between Asia and Canada has been growing, and our brand new route will help build important trade links between the two regions.”

As the only flag-bearing cargo airline in China, Air China Cargo currently has a fleet comprising of B747-400Fs, B777Fs and B757-200SFs. With its eighth B777F freighter entering into service on 6th September, this bring Air China Cargo’s fleet to 15. At the same time, it also have exclusive rights to cargo belly space on Air China’s passenger aircraft. With the support of Air China, Air China Cargo currently has 351 routes serving serves 171 destinations globally, 22 of which are served by freighters. The cargo carrier also has 1285 truck services to supplement its freighter and passenger belly network, forming a ground-air route network for speedy delivery of shipments globally.