At the same time, the carrier will continue its Shanghai – Melbourne nonstop service.

The four-times weekly flights to the Garden State’s capital will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25. The outbound flight departs from Beijing at 02:00 and arrives in Melbourne at 15:30 local time; the return flight departs from Melbourne at 20:40 local time and arrives in Beijing at 06:30. The flights will be operated with Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Waxing lyrical about Australia’s second city, Air China says, “Melbourne used to be the capital of Australia . Now, time-honored classic buildings of Victorian style are everywhere. With its lush vegetation which covers 40% of the urban area, the city has been repeatedly voted the ‘Most Livable City’. With a lot to see and do, Melbourne is an ideal destination for leisure travelers.”

The airline said, the start of nonstop flights between Beijing and Melbourne “will further promote the trade ties between, and the healthy development of, the two countries”.

The new route will increase Air China’s capacity on China – Australia routes by 60%.