This will be the first freighter route between the Chinese mainland and Alberta.”
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), announced on Monday that Edmonton will be the carrier’s first scheduled freighter destination in Canada.
ACC is scheduled to launch its Shanghai – Edmonton – Dallas freighter service on Sept 3. The cargo airline will be deploying its brand new Boeing 777F on this route, with service operating every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. With the launch of this service, Air China Cargo will be the first and only Chinese cargo airline to offer direct cargo services between Shanghai and Edmonton.
“This will be the first freighter route between the Chinese mainland and Alberta, and is a key step in connecting two economies with high-growth momentum,” said Patrick Yu, vice-president of Air China Cargo. “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,” said 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 smartphones, tablets, audio and visual components, fashion merchandise and many other retail products to Edmonton from China.
Edmonton is Canada’s fifth largest municipality, and is the capital of the state of Alberta. The city is also the northern economic center of Alberta, a key hub for its oil and natural gas industry.
It is also known as “The Oil Capital of Canada.” The Edmonton service will provide shippers with more choices and flexibility, providing an additional express solution for cargo shipments from Canada to Asia-Pacific.
Cargo from Central Canada can reach the rest of Air China Cargo’s global network through its Shanghai hub, effectively cutting down transit times. In addition, the route expands Air China Cargo’s network in North America, connecting Alberta and Texas, two key oil-producing regions.
With Asia’s ascendance as a global economic powerhouse and Asian investment in Alberta totalling over $30 billion since 2012, establishing the ACC service now will advance the Edmonton Metro region’s long-term economic prosperity.
EIA estimates that this service will generate a $31 million GDP gain per year for the region, including expanding cargo opportunities for all EIA cargo-related businesses. EIA is also situated next to and near major highways, allowing truck access to all large western Canadian cities within a 24-hour timeframe — an advantage no other major airport offers.
“This new cargo service is a game changer for the Edmonton Metro region,” proclaims Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.
“China and the Asia-Pacific region hold tremendous opportunities for Canadian exporters,” said Ed Fast, minister of International Trade.
Air China Cargo is scheduled to launch its Shanghai – Edmonton – Dallas freighter service on Sept 3.