Air China celebrated the launch of flights to Havana in Cuba on 27 December at Montreal Airport in Canada. The thrice-weekly Beijing to Havana service, flown using 777-300ERs, operates via the Star Alliance’s existing service to Montreal.
- Air China, on 27 December, began serving Cuba for the first time, when the Star Alliance carrier commenced thrice-weekly flights between Beijing (PEK) and Havana (HAV). The 13,061-kilometre service will operate via Montreal in Canada and will be flown by the airline’s 777-300ERs. Flights depart the Chinese capital on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The launch ceremony in Beijing was attended by representatives from the Cuban Embassy in China, Beijing Capital International Airport and Air China. Air China Vice Chairman Ms. Wang Yinxiang said in her speech that in recent years, the economic and trade ties between China and Cuba have become increasingly closer. The Beijing – Montreal – Havana service has filled a longstanding gap in the aviation market between China and Cuba and the Caribbean, and will further promote the economic, trade, cultural and tourism development of the two regions, and offer more convenient options for travellers. Air China now serves 10 destinations in the Americas; Havana, Hawaii, Houston, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York (JFK and Newark), San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Vancouver and Washington.