Air China will extend its existing Beijing-Montreal service on to Havana on a one-stop basis from December 27.
Beijing-based Air China began its three-times weekly Beijing Montreal service on September 29.
Air China’s schedule for its Beijing-Montreal-Havana route calls for flight CA879 to depart Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code PEK) at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrive at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) at 1:40 p.m. the same day, local time.
Flight CA879 is then timed to continue on from YUL to arrive at Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) at 8:15 p.m. local time on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
In the other direction, flight CA880 will leave HAV at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays from December 27 and land at YUL at 12:30 pm. local time.
From YUL, flight CA880 will then continue on to Beijing, arriving at PEK at 5:30 p.m. the following day, local time.
For the extended service to Havana Air China will use the Boeing 777-300ERs it already operates on the Beijing-Montreal route.
According to Air China, it is adding the Montreal-Havana route extension because in recent years economic and trade ties between China and Cuba have become increasingly close.
With more than 100 million Chinese citizens traveling internationally each year nowadays, Air China expects its new service particularly to provide a boost to Cuba’s tourism industry.
The new service will be the first of the kind between China and Cuba and will offer travelers in Cuba and the Caribbean an easy option for flying to Beijing and then connecting to other parts of the world, particularly China and Asia, according to the airline.
According to Air China, the new service extension to Havana will bring its destination count in the Americas to 10. By December 27, Air China will serve New York JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston Intercontinental, Vancouver, Montreal, Hawaii, São Paulo and Havana.