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Air Canada to Launch Non-Stop Montreal-Shanghai Flights in 2017

 A passenger checks in for an Air Canada flight at O'Hare International Airport February 3, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

(Photo : Getty Images) A passenger checks in for an Air Canada flight at O'Hare International Airport February 3, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

Air Canada will launch its first non-stop trans-Pacific service from Montreal to Shanghai, China, next year.

The new direct flight, which will open for sale on Sept. 28, will be operated by Air Canada's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which features 28 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy, and 210 in economy, Travel Daily Media reported.

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"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," Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada, said.

According to MeetingsCanada.com, between Feb. 16 and March 12, 2017, flights are expected to depart Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport at 1:30 P.M. and will arrive at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport at 4:40 P.M. (plus one day); then it will depart from Pudong at 6:15 P.M. and will arrive at Trudeau at 6:40 P.M.

Then from March 12 to March 25, 2017, flights schedule will change, departing Trudeau Airport at 2:30 P.M. and arriving at Pudong at 4:40 P.M. (plus one day), and then, it will depart Pudong at 6:15 P.M. and arriving at Trudeau at 7:40 P.M.

Then effective March 25, 2017, flights will leave Trudeau Airport at 1:15 P.M. and arrive at Pudong at 3:30 P.M. (plus one day) and will depart Pudong at 5:05 P.M. and arrive at Trudeau Airport at 6:40 P.M.

Air Canada will be the first and only Canadian carrier to offer a daily, non-stop trans-Pacific service with an elapsed time of 14.5 hours, the longest flight operated by any airline from Montreal-Trudeau airport.

"This new Montreal-Shanghai non-stop Air Canada service will help deepen our already strong people-to-people ties with China," Stéphane Dion, Canada's minster of foreign affairs, said. "It will also help boost tourism, trade, and the economy."

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