Air Canada will launch its first ever direct flights from Montreal to China next year.
In February 2017, the national carrier will open up a new non-stop trans-Pacific service connecting Quebec’s largest city with Shanghai. Flights open for sale on 28 September 2016.
The route will be operated using Air Canada’s brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which features the airline’s latest cabin products including flat-bed seats in business class and a premium economy cabin.
“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 & CEO. “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.
“We will be the first and only Canadian carrier to operate daily non-stop trans-Pacific 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.
Air Canada already flies to Chinese cities from Toronto and Vancouver, and it will become only the second airline to fly direct between Montreal and China, following Air China, which links the city with Beijing. The Montreal-Shanghai route is not currently operated by any airline.
Following the launch on 16 February 2017, flights will depart Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport daily at 1330 and arrive at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 1640 the next day. The return flights will then take off at 1815 and arrive back in Montreal at 1840 the same day. The outbound departure time will then switch to 1430 from 12-15 March 2017, and then to 1315 from 25 March onwards.
Air Canada will deploy its 251-seat B787-8 Dreamliner on the route, featuring 28 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 210 in economy.