Air China launches direct service to Melbourne

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Air China has announced that a direct service between Melbourne and Beijing will commence 1 June, 2015.The service will operate four times per week with evening departures on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, it will then increase to a daily service from October 25th, 2015. Currently, Air China operates five times per week non-stop service from Melbourne to Shanghai then onwards to Beijing however this new direct service will offer passengers another easier option to get to the capital.Both routes will be operated by Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering 28 lie-flat bed business class seats and 199 economy class seats with a generous seat pitch of 32 inches.The decision to introduce a direct Melbourne to Beijing service reflects an increase in demand from both the business and leisure markets.Relations between China and Australia have been strengthened with the signing of a Free Trade Agreement in November last year, the agreement expects to aide a growth in cooperation and exchange between the two countries in government relations, trade, business and cultural activities.By the end of 2015, the Air China fleet will expand to 581 aircraft, an increase of 11 per cent over 2014. In 2014, Air China celebrated its 30th anniversary of flights to Australia, and the new direct service builds on the strong aviation traditions between the two countries.last_img read more