Air China, the official carrier of the People’s Republic of China, today announced that direct service betweenMelbourne and Shenzhen will commence on 10 January, 2017 .
The service CA767/768 will operate four times per week with evening departures on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Currently, Air China operates daily direct servic e from Melbourne to Beijingand four times weekly service between Melbourne and Shanghai .
The new direct route will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering 28 lie-flat bed business class seats and 199 economy class seats with a generous seat pitch of 32″.
Shenzhen , the fourth biggest city in China , is one of the country’s main economic centres. In 2012,Shenzhen was listed by UK-based “The Economist” news magazine as Number 2 on its ” MostCompetitive Cities in the Globe” list . Next to Hong Kong , Shenzhen has the largest advanced manufacturing base in China and it is the headquarters of a number of technology giants.
Air China is the only carrier flying from Australia to provide this direct service, and Shenzhen -boundpassengers can connect to over 60 cities in China , Japan & Europe . Air China is the only carrier to provide direct servic e from Melbourne to three out of four of the top cities in China .
Air China has continued to make investment s in the Australia – China aviation market over past three decades. It is committed to making a long-term contribution to the community by providing premium service to both business class travelers and the leisure market.