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Air China will travel to Panama
Executives of the Chinese airline, Air China visited Tocumen International Airport recently to make preparations for the inauguration of the first direct flight between Beijing and the Panamanian capital that will begin in March 2018.
The airline delegation had a meeting with the General Manager of the Tocumen International Airport, Carlos Duboy, as well as with companies that supply fuel, help planes on the ground, those that provide food and drinks, explained a press release of that terminal.
“Air China has said in several occasions that will open their regional offices in Panama and will begin its hiring process soon, generating more employment for Panamanians in one of the main airlines in Asia,” explained the press release.
There will be flights twice a week between Beijing and Panama, with a technical stopover in Houston (south of the United States) and will have an approximate duration of 16 hours and 30 minutes.
The Asian airline will use for these direct flights Boeing 777-300ER airplanes, which have a capacity to transport 380 passengers.
The air connection was announced last November during the visit to China of the Panamanian president, Juan Carlos Varela, who signed with his Chinese counterpart o, Xi Jinping, a total of 19 cooperation agreements, among them it was one about civil air transport.
The Panamanian government expects that Panama will become the main air point for China in Latin America, because Tocumen receives around 5,900 weekly flights and has connection with 85 cities and over thirty countries in America and Europe.
China is currently the second most important user of the Panama Canal, after the United States, and the first supplier of the Colon Free Zone, located in the Panamanian Caribbean.