havana-live-air-chinaHAVANA, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) An Air China delegation will travel to Cuba to begin contacts for the establishment, for the first time, of a direct flight between Beijing and Havana, Zhang Xin, executive of that airline said.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the manager of Cooperation and International, Governmental and Bilateral Affairs of Air China, stated that a representation of that company will arrive in Havana in mid March, seeking the Cuban approval for its operations.
The objective is to achieve an agreement and know the conditions and services of resupply, maintenance, catering and others at the Jose Marti airport. As of the approval by the Cuban part, we will do the corresponding request to Chinese authorities.

Thus, we can begin the Beijing-Havana direct flights on September 28, he stressed. The executive attended today an act to promote tourism to Cuba organized by that Caribbean island’s diplomatic mission in Beijing, and in which representatives from Chinese travel agencies and tour-operators participated.

Zhang said the trip between those distant nations will last about 16 hours with a resupply stop in Montreal, Canada, and the use of large airplanes such as Airbus and Boeing. Cuban ambassador Alberto Blanco expressed satisfaction to the participants in the activity for Air China company’s intention to begin its first direct flight to Havana, coinciding in time with the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between both countries.