Shipping products between Western Canada and the Asia-Pacific region and Dallas-Fort Worth is now faster and more efficient through Edmonton International Airport (EIA), with Air China Cargo’s (ACC) first scheduled Canadian freighter service. Today marks the official, inaugural celebrations at EIA with ACC executives and local dignitaries.  

Air China Cargo’s Boeing 777F freighter began landing at EIA six times a week (three from Dallas and three from Shanghai) on Sept. 3, 2015 as part of a Shanghai-Edmonton-Dallas-Edmonton-Shanghai route. Air China Cargo is one of the top cargo carriers in the world with 175 destinations and 1,285 global truck routes.

“This first freighter route between Mainland China and Alberta is a key connection between two economies with high-growth momentum,” says Patrick Yu, Air China Cargo Vice-President. “The market demand for direct cargo services between Asia and Canada has been growing, and our brand new route will help grow the economies of both regions.”

With Asian investment in Alberta totalling over $30 billion since 2012, EIA estimates that Air China Cargo’s new service will generate $31 million in GDP for the Edmonton Metro region. Industrial oil and gas products are now being shipped between Edmonton and Dallas. Both industrial and agricultural goods are being shipped to China, while high-end electronic products can now be shipped directly to Edmonton.

“Air China Cargo’s investment in EIA greatly expands business opportunities for the Edmonton Metro region,” says Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO. “Our energy, manufacturing, agriculture and other industries can now ship goods more efficiently to China and the Asia-Pacific region, further extending our region’s trade network.”

Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG) is the world’s third largest cargo hub, with the fastest-growing cargo and mail service in the Asia-Pacific region. Shanghai Pudong International is expected to handle 60 million passengers, 4.75 million tons of cargo and 555,000 airplanes in 2015.

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Braden-Burry Expediting Ltd (“BBE”), one of Canada’s leading full service logistics companies and Air China Cargo, have signed a multi-year cargo handling agreement at Edmonton International Airport. The inaugural flight is September 3rd, 2015 connecting Shanghai, Edmonton and Dallas-Fort Worth.

“We are pleased to work with BBE in Edmonton,” said Ray Lo, Vice President, Service and Operations of Air China Cargo. “We believe BBE is the right fit for us as we expand our freighter operations into Canada, which will help build important trade links between the country, southern USA and Asia.”

“This is a very exciting opportunity for Air China Cargo and BBE,” said Heather Stewart, President BBE. “but also for the Edmonton region, connecting us with large diversified markets in China and Texas. The opportunities are endless for local importers and exporters dealing in those markets.”

“Congratulations to BBE and Air China Cargo, said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “It is great to see that the investments that BBE is making in their business, including their new facility at EIA and cargo handling infrastructure, are having an immediate impact.”

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Local, national and international companies moving products to and from Western Canada now have a vital new link to China and the Asia-Pacific region, as Edmonton International Airport (EIA) together with Air China Cargo (ACC), today announced Edmonton will be the carrier’s first scheduled freighter destination in Canada.

China’s flag air cargo carrier, ACC, will use a high-volume-capacity Boeing 777F aircraft, serving EIA six times per week (three from Dallas and three from Shanghai). The new service will start on Sept. 3, 2015 with a Shanghai-Edmonton-Dallas-Edmonton-Shanghai routing, making this Alberta’s premier Asian cargo service. Shanghai’s Pudong Airport is also the world’s third busiest cargo hub.

“This will be the first freighter route between Mainland China and Alberta, and is a key step in connecting two economies with high-growth momentum,” says Patrick Yu, Air China Cargo Vice-President. “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.”

“Air China Cargo’s investment in EIA greatly expands the Edmonton Metro region and Alberta’s cargo network,” says Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO. “Our energy, manufacturing, agriculture and other industries can now ship goods more efficiently to China and the Asia-Pacific region, expanding our region’s global trade reach.”

The service will also bring many consumer goods like smart phones, tablets, audio/visual components, fashion merchandise and many other retail products to Edmonton from China.

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The Edmonton region is Western Canada’s manufacturing capital. The industry adds value to our natural resources, unlocking these resources through our innovation and expertise, and creates diversification and long-term economic sustainability through the export of our high value manufactured goods to global markets.

The Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (MCE) provides direct support to organizations looking to increase their productivity, innovation and growth. With strong global competition at the forefront, MCE helps manufacturers increase productivity, build on our region’s innovation success and challenges industry to diversify through new markets and customers.

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A new flight training simulator for Boeing 737 series aircraft is officially open for business at the Alberta Aerospace Training Centre, thanks to a partnership between Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canadian North, Canadian Helicopters, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), and the Government of Alberta. The simulator offers training opportunities for international and regional pilots to learn flight operations and flying characteristics of Boeing 737 aircraft, the world’s most popular airliner.

The flight simulator, located in EIA’s Cargo Village, is the latest component of the Port Alberta initiative, a collaboration led by EEDC and EIA to increase the overall competitiveness and trading volume of the Edmonton Region. Following the launch of the 737 simulator, Canadian Helicopters will also install a helicopter simulator to be housed in the main passenger terminal building of EIA.

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Reductions in trade barriers will support Edmonton Metro Area business growth 

Businesses from the Edmonton Metro Area as well as Western Canada and the Canadian North will soon benefit from reduced trade barriers thanks to Western Economic Diversification’s establishment of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). The new FTZ will help Port Alberta, of which EIA is partner, boost foreign investment in the region.

 An FTZ Point is a strategic location identified for international trade and foreign direct investment, supported by the federal government, acting as a single point of access to information on relevant government policies and programs. FTZ Points are utilized by investors around the world and are important drivers of international trade. FTZ designation allows Port Alberta to negotiate many incentives to attract new business and foreign investment

“An FTZ will further enhance the Edmonton Metro Area as Western Canada’s energy and industrial transportation hub and manufacturing leader,” says Brad Ferguson, President and CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. “Edmonton is the premier transportation hub in Western Canada, offering many transportation, warehousing and access advantages. Port Alberta is very excited to realize the competitive advantages an FTZ offers to drive more sustainable growth and economic diversification for the Edmonton Metro Area.”

“We are very grateful to Western Diversification for this boost to our region,” says Tom Ruth, President and CEO of EIA. “This FTZ will increase our ability to integrate transportation assets with major sectors such as energy, manufacturing, agriculture and health sciences, which will drive our region’s job creation and attract air service.”

EIA, a Port Alberta partner, has enjoyed recent international trade success, including adding international access and cargo capacity through Icelandair and KLM. Cargojet also expanded to wide-body operations and doubled frequency at EIA. Braden Burry Expeditors (BBE) moved in to a new facility in EIA’s Cargo Village, two times the size of its old one, with international air cargo, multi-modal cargo and support to Northern Canada’s development.

As well, Canada Border Services Agency moved to its new combined warehouse and inspection space, enabling the agency to conduct any required inspections of cargo on-site. Construction is underway for a 211,000 square foot facility to support a major logistics service provider, and for an additional warehouse development of 100,000-plus square feet. EIA’s multi-million dollar cargo apron expansion is operational and capable of handling the world’s largest aircraft.