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.

To read the full news release, click here.