Beijing to Brisbane flight touches down

The first direct Air China flights between Beijing and Brisbane has touched down at Brisbane Airport, establishing a critical link between Queensland’s capital and the capital of the People's Republic of China.

The four-times-weekly flights, arriving and departing Brisbane on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, is expected to further boost Chinese visitation to Queensland, a market that experienced nine per cent growth for Brisbane in the recent financial year.

The service has been acquired for Brisbane as a result of the Queensland State Government ‘Connecting with Asia’ Fund, supported by consortium representatives from Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Brisbane Marketing, Gold Coast Tourism, Tourism Events Queensland, Tourism Whitsundays and Tourism Australia, among others.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, said the launch was another significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre.

“The Chinese visitor market is currently the second largest for Brisbane Airport, with around 350,000 Chinese passengers travelling through the airport last financial year.

“These direct Air China flights will help grow this important market which will have flow on benefits for every sector of our economy, from business and investment to tourism, trade and education.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk welcomed the new service, saying it would help attract more visitors from China and further boost what was already the city’s largest international tourism market.

“In addition to attracting more visitors to our New World City, the new Air China flights will increase trade and investment opportunities and entice more international students to study in Brisbane, helping us grow our economy and create more jobs,” Cr Quirk said.

“The inaugural flight also arrives just a few months before we host 1,000 key airline, airport and tourism delegates at Routes Asia 2018, the leading aviation route development forum for Asia that will help us tap into more tourism and aviation opportunities for Brisbane.”

Mr Rui Jei, General Manager of Air China in Australia said it was an exciting era for Air China and Queensland, Brisbane City and Brisbane Airport.

“The new direct service conveniently allows Northern Chinese visitors to the warm sunshine Queensland to enjoy its beaches and the beautiful tropical scenery,” Mr Rui Jei said

Operated with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the new flight offers 207 economy and 30 business class seats. The flights will arrive from Beijing at 3.10pm and depart Brisbane at 7.30pm.