Air Canada is welcoming a Canada-China bilateral air services that it believes will allow for significant growth in passenger and freight transportation to and from China. The new air agreement will allow for a threefold increase in capacity as well as the addition of more points in China that can be served directly by Canadian carriers, reports schednet.com.
Air Canada has since announced extensive plans for expansion of its passenger and freight services to China, including Toronto-Beijing non-stop service to be increased to daily flights by 2006; daily Toronto-Shanghai non-stop service to begin summer 2006; and daily Vancouver-Guangzhou non-stop service to begin summer 2007.
In May, Air Canada will introduce cargo frequencies between Toronto and Shanghai on MD-11 freighters that have a capacity of 85 tonnes. This cargo service will be increased to daily flights in 2006.
In addition, Air Canada plans to expand its China dedicated cargo operations with a second daily Toronto-Shanghai freighter service via Vancouver to begin in 2006 and a daily Toronto-Guangzhou freighter service to commence in 2007.
An airline statement said that its future plans also include a freighter service to Tianjin.
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