Air China Cargo Officially Launches First Freight Route from Dalian to Europe

By Air China, PRNE
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Americas, Japan and Asia Pacific Accessible Through Shanghai Transit Hub

BEIJING, April 20, 2011 - At 10:20 am on April 15, an Air China Cargo B747-400 freighter aircraft
took off from Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport heading to Frankfurt,
, via Shanghai's Pudong International Airport. The flight marked the
official opening of Air China Cargo's freighter flights from Dalian to
Frankfurt. Air China Cargo is the first airline in Dalian to offer cargo
flights to Europe. With Air China Cargo's network, cargo in Dalian can also
be effectively transported to North America, Japan, the Asia Pacific and
other locations. Prior to the plane taking off, representatives from Air
China and the Dalian government held a brief ceremony to commemorate the
route's first flight.


Through positive communication and close partnership between Air China
Cargo and the Dalian municipal government, as well as strong support from
Dalian Airport, Customs, and Commodity Inspections, the freight capacity
shortage problem between Dalian and Europe was able to be resolved through
the opening of Air China Cargo's Dalian-Shanghai-Frankfurt freighter route.
The route is to be flown three times a week by B747-400 cargo planes that fly
out every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The successful opening of the
Dalian-Frankfurt route will further consolidate Air China Cargo's status as
the largest cargo carrier between China and Europe, as well as optimize the
carrier's network in northeast Asia and enhance its market competitiveness.

Located at the intersection of the Northeast Asian Economic Circle and
Bohai Economic Circle, Dalian is an important industrial base in northern
China, and is also an important foreign trade port and the northeast region's
largest shipment transportation hub. Europe and Japan account for a large
proportion of Dalian's air cargo market. However, due to the lack of local
wide-body freighter capacity, much of the cargo bound for the Americas and
Europe have to first be transported by truck to Beijing or Tianjin; or be
shipped to South Korea before being loaded onto planes. That method of cargo
transportation not only wastes time but is also very risky and decreases the
shipping efficiency of local goods.

Graham Norris, Ogilvy PR Worldwide, graham.norris at, +86-10-8520-6688

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