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Air China to start Beijing-Melbourne nonstop flights

Air China A330-200
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Air China will start Beijing-Melbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers Beijing-Melbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its Shanghai-Melbourne nonstop service.

The four-times weekly flights CA165/6 will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25, 2015.

The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 02:00 and arrives in Melbourne at 15:30 local time; the return flight departs from Melbourne at 20:40 local time and arrives in Beijing at 06:30.

The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Onboard, the Business Class is outfitted with full-flat seats; all classes of service offer personal AVODs and power outlets, keeping passengers entertained for the duration of the flight.

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria which has earned its reputation as “Garden State”. In is located in peaceful Yarra Valley. Melbourne used to be the capital of Australia. Now, time-honored classic buildings of Victorian style are everywhere. With its lush vegetation which covers 40% of the urban area, the city has been repeatedly voted the “Most Livable City”. With a lot to see and do, Melbourne is an ideal destination for leisure travelers.

For Melbourne and Australia as a whole, for years China has remained the largest trading partner, export market and import source market and also the largest source market of students and international visitors. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed at the end of 2014 has further made the cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture and education between the two countries closer. The start of nonstop flights between Beijing and Melbourne will further promote the trade ties between, and the healthy development of, the two countries.

With the start of the Beijing-Melbourne flights, the number of flights per week that Air China operates from Beijing/Shanghai to Australia (Sydney/Melbourne) will increase to 23, and Air China’s capacity on China-Australia route will go up by 60%. Utilizing the extensive network of the Star Alliance, passengers can easily get to 1,328 airports in 195 countries around the world.

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