Air Canada inaugurates first Montreal-Shanghai non-stop flights

Airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Montreal

On Feb. 16, Air Canada launched daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China, the airline’s first direct service to Asia from Montreal, offering convenient one-stop access to points throughout Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the United States.  It also marks the airline’s first route from Montreal to be operated with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and cabin features.  All Air Canada flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access and priority boarding benefits.

“With the launch of Montreal-Shanghai non-stop service today, we are delighted to inaugurate Air Canada’s first direct flights between Montreal and Asia, building on Air Canada’s success in the rapidly growing Chinese market,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This also marks the introduction of Air Canada’s first 787 Dreamliner service from Montreal featuring our industry-leading international product, and further underlines our commitment to expand our global reach from Montreal-Trudeau reinforcing it as a strategic hub that offers easy and convenient connections from points throughout Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the United States. With an average elapsed time of over 13.5 hours, it is the longest flight ever operated by any carrier from Montréal-Trudeau airport.

“China is Canada’s second largest trading partner and Air Canada is the first and only Canadian carrier to operate daily non-stop transpacific service between Montreal and the Asia. Together with our Star Alliance partners, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, and partner Juneyao Airlines, that serves more than 30 destinations in China, we are now offering the growing number of travellers between Montreal and China even more convenient travel options, With our recently announced Montreal-Tel Aviv, Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille flights, Air Canada has now increased its international capacity from Montreal by 168 per cent since 2009, with direct service to 13 cities in Europe, two in North Africa, one in the Middle-East and starting today, China,” concluded Mr. Smith.

“We are very happy to see Air Canada add its first link to Asia from Montréal-Trudeau. This is a great news for our passengers and the Montreal business community,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Office of Aéroports de Montréal. “Thanks to our airport’s efficiency as a hub, this new flight will also provide travellers from Shanghai quick connections to the U.S. and other Canadian cities.”

“Tourisme Montréal would like to congratulate Air Canada on this new air link, which is highly strategic for the development of Montréal’s economy and tourism industry. This is one of the most promising announcements in the past 10 years. We will be working closely with our partners to ensure this new initiative is a major success for local tourism,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

In Montreal, flights are timed to optimize connections to and from the carrier’s extensive Eastern Canada and U.S. networks including Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, New York and Boston.

In Shanghai, Star Alliance partners Air China and Shenzhen Airlines, along with our partner Juneyao Airlines, offer excellent connectivity to domestic China destinations such as Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenzhen.

From February 16, 2017 to March 12, 2017
Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC17 Montreal (YUL) Shanghai (PVG) 13:30 16:40 (+1)
AC18 Shanghai (PVG) Montreal (YUL) 18:15 18:35


From March 12, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC17 Montreal (YUL) Shanghai (PVG) 14:30 16:40 (+1)
AC18 Shanghai (PVG) Montreal (YUL) 18:15 19:35


Effective March 25, 2017
Flight From To Depart Arrive
AC17 Montreal (YUL) Shanghai (PVG) 13:30 15:25 (+1)
AC18 Shanghai (PVG) Montreal (YUL) 16:50 18:15

Air Canada’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft feature three cabins of service offering comfortable ergonomic seating and enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screens.  Air Canada’s International Business Class cabin features 20 Executive Pods with 180-degree lie-flat seats in configuration guaranteeing direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats offering more generous personal space, wider seats and greater legroom and recline as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has 210 slimline seats providing comfortable personal space and state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system.

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