This will be the first freighter route be­tween the Chi­nese main­land and Al­berta.”

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Air China Cargo is sched­uled to launch its Shang­hai – Ed­mon­ton – Dal­las freighter ser­vice on Sept 3.

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