BEIJING: At 10:20 am on April 15, an Air China Cargo B747-400 freighter aircraft took off from Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport heading to Frankfurt, Germany, via Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. The flight marked the official opening of Air China Cargo’s freighter flights from Dalian to Frankfurt. Air China Cargo is the first airline in Dalian to offer cargo flights to Europe.
The route is to be flown three times a week by B747-400 cargo planes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The successful opening of the Dalian-Frankfurt route will further consolidate Air China Cargo’s status as the largest cargo carrier between China and Europe, as well as optimize the carrier’s network in northeast Asia.
Located at the intersection of the Northeast Asian Economic Circle and Bohai Economic Circle, Dalian is an important industrial base in northern China, and is also an important foreign trade port and the northeast region’s largest shipment transportation hub. Europe and Japan account for a large proportion of Dalian’s air cargo market. However, due to the lack of local wide-body freighter capacity, much of the cargo bound for the Americas and Europe was being trucked to Beijing or Tianjin; or shipped to South Korea before being loaded onto planes.