Nokian Tyres and Valtra Set the New World Record for Tractors: 130.165 km/h!

NOKIA, Finland, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

The new world record for fastest tractor was achieved when Nokian Tyres and Valtra combined their northern expertise. The new amazing record was set on a snowy and icy road in Finnish Lapland. Multiple World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen kept his head cool and drove the machine at a speed of 130.165 km/h (80.88mph). Breaking the record was made possible by the world’s first winter tyre for tractors, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI (440/80R28 151D & 540/80R38 167D) and the Valtra T234.

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“I have done top speed tests earlier with several cars. This was the first time with a tractor, and we immediately got a world record! The tyres and tractor worked really well, even though the weather was challenging,” says Juha Kankkunen.

In 2013 Nokian Tyres, inventor of the winter tyre, achieved a world record for the fastest car on ice, as test driver Janne Laitinen from Nokian Tyres drove at a speed of 335.713 km/h (208.602 mph) on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia. Grip and speed like never before were ensured by the top product, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 studded winter tyre.

Top performance on ice and snow

Nokian Tyres expanded its versatile winter tyre selection to tractors when the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI was launched in the spring of 2014. The Hakkapeliitta TRI’s unique tread pattern, winter rubber compound and siping maximise grip and traction. The diagonal siping creates grooves on the tread blocks, increasing the number of edges that grip the driving surface and improving longitudinal and lateral grip. The world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer was the first to introduce block pattern tyres for tractors over 10 years ago.

“Testing at the extremes is at the core of activities and it requires unique skill. We wanted to show the true performance of the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI. It is quite a remarkable sight when you see a 7.7-ton machine flying past at over 130 km/h with a quadruple World Rally Champion behind the wheel! When a tractor is driven that fast on a winter road, it requires great grip, stability and handling properties. These have been our targets during the development of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI,” says Tero Saari, Project Manager, R&D for Nokian Tyres.

The record took place on 19 February 2015 on the emergency airfield of Vuojarvi, Finland, approximately 20 kilometres from the city of Sodankyla towards Rovaniemi. The total length of the packed snow strip was approx. 2,300 metres, and a 50-metre speed trap was set at the middle of the strip.

The Guinness World Records organisation defines specific rules for the world record for fastest tractor. The time for the tractor to travel through the 50-metre speed trap is measured in both directions. The world record is an average of these two measurements. The tractor took a flying start.

The master of extreme conditions

Nokian Tyres is the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer. The company developed and manufactured the world’s first winter tyre for the winter frost in 1934. Two years later, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta was born in the Nordic winter; it is already a legend wherever true winter conditions are known. The unique innovations have made the Hakkapeliittas the winners of magazine tests year after year and decade after decade.

Since the beginning, careful testing and development by Nokian Tyres has been leading the way towards safer and eco-friendlier tyres. Far north of the Arctic Circle, Nokian Tyres has its enormous Ivalo Testing Center , also known as “White Hell”, spanning over 700 hectares. Winter tyres are put to the test in extreme conditions around the clock.

The company is the only tyre manufacturer in the world focusing on products and services that facilitate safe transport in Northern conditions. Its innovative tyres for passenger cars, trucks and heavy machinery are mainly marketed in areas that are home to snow, forest, and demanding driving conditions due to changing seasons.

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More information:

Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI Beat the winter
http://www.nokiantyres.com/hakkapeliittatri

Braking Test: Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI
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Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI – Innovations to beat the winter
http://youtu.be/_v4hy6UnO6Y

How the world’s first winter tyre was invented
http://www.nokiantyres.com/first-winter-tyres

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Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd.

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DPDHL Group Expands Teach For All Partnership in Asia Pacific

– Teach For Bangladesh and Teach For Malaysia to give education and employability a boost in the two countries

– 10 countries now supported by Deutsche Post DHL in partnership with Teach For All worldwide

SINGAPORE, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), the world’s leading postal and logistics group, last week extended its partnership with global not-for-profit organization Teach For All in Asia Pacific, to Bangladesh and Malaysia, helping to boost educational opportunities and employability within the two countries. The move brings the total number of country partnerships between DPDHL and Teach For All partners to 10, with a total of four in Asia Pacific.

DPDHL Group launches partnership with Teach for Bangladesh to help boost educational opportunities and employability in Bangladesh. (L-R) Nooruddin Chowdhury, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh; Maimuna Ahmad, CEO, Teach for Bangladesh; and Desmond Quiah, Managing Director, DHL Express Bangladesh.

DPDHL Group launches partnership with Teach for Bangladesh to help boost educational opportunities and employability in Bangladesh. (L-R) Nooruddin Chowdhury, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Bangladesh; Maimuna Ahmad, CEO, Teach for Bangladesh; and Desmond Quiah, Managing Director, DHL Express Bangladesh.

 

DPDHL Group launches the partnership with Teach for Malaysia to help boost educational opportunities and employability in Malaysia. (L-R) Dzameer Dzulkifli, Co-founder and Managing Director of Teach For Malaysia; Yogan S, Site Manager, ITS Cyberjaya, DHL Malaysia; Christopher Ong, Managing Director, DHL Express Malaysia; Raja Rajagopal, DHL Global Forwarding Malaysia; Prakash Rochlani, Managing Director, DHL Supply Chain Malaysia.

DPDHL Group launches the partnership with Teach for Malaysia to help boost educational opportunities and employability in Malaysia. (L-R) Dzameer Dzulkifli, Co-founder and Managing Director of Teach For Malaysia; Yogan S, Site Manager, ITS Cyberjaya, DHL Malaysia; Christopher Ong, Managing Director, DHL Express Malaysia; Raja Rajagopal, DHL Global Forwarding Malaysia; Prakash Rochlani, Managing Director, DHL Supply Chain Malaysia.

 

Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL Group, said: “A strong economy and successful society has at its root an educational system that helps all citizens, whatever their background, get jobs and prosper. This is why DPDHL has for the past five years supported the global NGO, Teach For All and we now support them and their network partners in 10 countries  Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Germany, India, Peru, Philippines, Ecuador, Spain and Malaysia. In Asia Pacific, we were delighted to kick off the partnership in Bangladesh and Malaysia this year, so the programme has the resources and support to reach out to even more young people through education and training.”

Under these new partnerships, DPDHL will employ its competence in logistics and business to support Teach For Bangladesh and Teach For Malaysia’s goals to promote educational opportunities and employability. Along with providing financial support, this partnership will also see DHL employees in Bangladesh and Malaysia volunteering to support teachers, who will in turn impact students in the countries.

Maimuna Ahmad, Founder and CEO of Teach For Bangladesh, said: “Teach For Bangladesh is working to address one the most fundamental challenges facing Bangladesh today: inequity in education. The leadership of our Fellows and alumni, with crucial support from our partners in the public and private sectors, will bring the systemic changes we need in order to ensure quality education for all children. DPDHL, one of Teach For AlI’s largest sponsors, has proven their deep commitment to the same values of equity and inclusion, through their global partnership with Teach For All. We are thrilled to count them among the supporters of Teach For Bangladesh.”

Teach For Bangladesh, an independent local organization part of the global Teach For All network was founded in 2012 to enlist highly-educated and promising Bangladeshi graduates and young professionals to a unique leadership development program, where they work full-time for two years as teachers in schools that serve underprivileged students. Along with providing financial support, this partnership will also see DHL employees in Bangladesh volunteering to support 35 Teach For Bangladesh teachers, known as Fellows, who will in turn impact nearly 4,000 students across 12 primary schools in Dhaka.  

Teach For Malaysia has been enlisting Malaysia’s most promising future leaders to join its mission to end education inequity since 2010. During the two-year Fellowship, teachers or Fellows are placed in high-need schools to directly impact the lives of students. After which, they continue to drive education transformation within and beyond the classroom as part of the Alumni movement. As one of the first engagements between the local teams, earlier this year DHL shipped over 50 boxes of personal belongings to help Fellows relocate to East Malaysia and get to work as soon as possible. By doing so they contributed to Teach For Malaysia’s aim to impact over 5000 students in the state of Sarawak.

Dzameer Dzulkifli, Co-founder and Managing Director of Teach For Malaysia, said, “We are excited that DPDHL and Teach For All have extended their global partnership to Malaysia. We are looking forward to working with them to further expand our impact. Together, we are exploring a range of possibilities that will help all children in Malaysia have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.”

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About Teach For All

Teach For All is a global network of over 30 locally led and funded independent partner organizations with a shared vision for expanded educational opportunity in their countries. Each partner recruits and develops diverse leaders to commit two years to teach in their nations’ high-need classrooms and to work throughout their lives to increase opportunity for children.

For more information, visit www.teachforall.org.

About Teach For Bangladesh

Teach For Bangladesh is a non-profit organization in Bangladesh, founded in 2012 working to eradicate educational inequity from Bangladesh. To that end TFB is building a movement of leaders who are dedicated to this cause. TFB recruits high-potential university graduates and young professional who commit two years teaching full-time in underprivileged primary schools, before going on to spearhead systemic reform from leadership positions across various sectors.

For more information, visit www.teachforbangladesh.org

About Teach For Malaysia

Teach For Malaysia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that enlists Malaysia’s most promising future leaders in our mission to end education inequity. The organisation is fuelled by its mission: that one day, all children in Malaysia will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. The Teach For Malaysia Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year, full time and fully-paid leadership development programme focused on addressing education inequity in Malaysia through the efforts of outstanding youth leaders.

To date, the movement is made up of over 200 Fellows and Alumni, impacting over 33,000 students in 75 schools across 8 states – Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Sarawak.

For more information, please visit www.teachformalaysia.org

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Airwheel’s Electric Unicycles Tour the UK

CARDIFF, MANCHESTER and BRIGHTON, England, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From March 21-22, Airwheel riders came to the streets of Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton promoting Airwheel‘s futuristic personal transporter on a two-day tour that caused a sensation in the UK.

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In each city, a team of Airwheel self-balancing unicycle riders headed out onto the streets, successfully catching the eye of pedestrians thanks to a beautifully concise exterior design that actually shares some resemblance to a skateboard.

“It really reminds me of the hover board in Back to the Future”, remarked one stunned local resident, touching on both the fact that Airwheel is such a futuristic device, and that the science and technology of transportation is headed in that direction.

Airwheel defines the concept of the commute of the future, with the UK tour serving to raise further awareness of this fun and eco-friendly adult’s unicycle. The team also distributed booklets and questionnaires to pedestrians who were interested in Airwheel’s brand, trying to introduce a new lifestyle to the public.

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Based on the latest gyro technology, Airwheel is a self-balancing electric unicycle. It is portable, cheap to run, fun to ride, environmentally friendly and can easily be carried onto the bus or subway. It’s also safe and easy to use; simply lean forwards to go forward, and back to slow down or go backwards. The power shuts off automatically if you jump off, and the pedals rise up to prevent leaning too far when the speed exceeds the safe range.

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As soon as you step onto an Airwheel unicycle, it feels like you are gliding and the trend is gaining popularity across the globe. But it’s not just for fun. City commuters are now using them to cover the last few miles from the Tube station to home. Compared with a Segway for example, the Airwheel electric unicycle is so lightweight, you can zoom to your station, store it in the overhead compartment, get to your destination, take it down and zoom to work.

The company has now also launched a twin-wheeled version, which is even easier to learn to ride. Go on and see for yourself.

Contact:

Airwheel adults electric unicycle Website: http://www.airwheel.net/

The Redwood Group Announces Two of the Largest Private Logistics Real Estate Developments in Japan, Combined Estimated Completion Value over US$1 billion

TOKYO, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Redwood Group (“Redwood”) continued its rapid pace of expansion in the Japanese logistics real estate market with the announcement today of the closing and commencement of two new prime developments in greater Osaka, with a combined estimated completion value of over 120 billion Japanese Yen (over US$ 1 billion).

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The two new distribution centers (DC), Redwood Nanko DC and Higashi Osaka DC, are strategically located in the bay area of Nanko Naka and inland at Fujiidera respectively, providing customers with excellent coverage to the greater Osaka market.

Given the scale of the projects, Redwood is proud to partner with financial powerhouses Diamond Realty Management (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Shinsei Bank as primary lenders.

The planned Redwood Nanko DC, will represent circa 250,000 m2 of Gross Floor Area (GFA) making it one of the largest logistics real estate developments in Japan.  Strategically located at the port of Osaka just 15-minutes drive from Osaka CBD and 40-minutes from Kansai International Airport, the two double-ramped distribution centers at Nanko are targeted for delivery in 2016 and 2018.  Redwood Higashi Osaka DC is designed as a 5-storey warehouse with a total GFA of over 150,000 m2.  Construction is to commence October 2015 and completion by end of 2016.  Its location at the confluence of the Meihan, Kinki and Hanshin highways provides excellent access to each of Osaka CBD, neighboring Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama and beyond to Nagoya.

As with all Redwood Japan projects, the construction design of both is set to best international practices, including highly efficient movement of goods with access for vehicles to each floor and a prioritization of safety and sustainability.  The developments will feature seismic resistant structures to the newest standards and back-up generators to ensure safety and security while providing business continuity to customers at all times.  With the environment as a priority, the facilities are to include water saving devices, energy efficient lighting and the installation of three of the larger rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Japan yielding a combined generation capacity up to a full 8 megawatts of clean energy for use in the metro area.

The Redwood senior management for over 15 years has been building prime distribution centers in Osaka, second only to Tokyo as the largest logistics market in Japan. With a population of circa 24 million and known as a major global manufacturing center of the electronic, machinery, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, greater Osaka has an estimated annual GDP of US$800 billion in one metropolitan area and has for centuries played a pivotal role both in Japan’s import/export and domestic distribution of goods.

Charles de Portes and Stuart Gibson (President and CEO respectively), made this joint comment: “We are thrilled to announce these developments in Kansai of significant scale.  Each is carefully located and designed to service with efficiency, safety and environmental sensitivity the logistics needs of our domestic and international clients.”

Japan Managing Director, Hideaki Matsunami and Business Development Director, Atsushi Maeda added: “Underlining the strong demand in the region, the vacancy rate for industrial and logistics properties in the Greater Osaka region is at an all-time low of 0.4% compared to Greater Tokyo of 3.8%, making it difficult for firms to find enough quality space to meet their needs.  Given the high visibility of both projects coupled with shortage of supply, we are honored that prospective tenants have been proactively contacting us about both locations.”

Redwood also commenced construction on its Chibakita DC, strategically located in Chiba Prefecture, one of the most important distribution regions in Greater Tokyo. The area is known for its industrial concentration and offers opportunities to meet rising demand for domestic distribution from both retail and e-commerce customers. The development project will have a gross floor area of 36,944 m2 built on a land site of 18,622 m2. The 4-storey build-to-suit facility for DAIWA Co. Ltd. is scheduled to be completed end March 2016.

About The Redwood Group

The Redwood Group (Redwood), founded in 2006 by Charles de Portes and Stuart Gibson, is operated by senior local professionals in Singapore, Japan and China.  Redwood, along with its significant global institutional investor partners, invests in, develops and manages logistics real estate in the largest metropolitan areas of Asia most tied to and growing fastest with global trade.

The senior officers of Redwood, considered pioneers in the development in Asia of international investment quality logistics platforms, have executed more than US$ 5 billion of logistics real estate investments in the region since the late 90s, and several million m2 of developments and acquisitions in the product class while providing high quality distribution space for some of the largest end users and logistics service providers operating both within Asia and around the world.  Redwood is a strategic partner of the international investment firm founded and chaired by Sam Zell, Equity International.  Additional information about Redwood may be found at: www.redwoodgroup.com and about Equity International on www.equityinternational.com

Contacts

Redwood Osaka Leasing:

Masatora Matsumoto    
mmatsumoto@redwoodgroup.com

Taro Inoue                   
tinoue@redwoodgroup.com

Redwood Investor Relations:                         

Pierre-Alexandre Humblot         
phumblot@redwoodgroup.com

Redwood Corporate Media Relations:

Emma Larsson
elarsson@redwoodgroup.com

+65-6232-2109

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TechPro2: A brand new look for the specialised training project’s website

– The new TechPro2 website is online as of today. This project came into being as the result of the collaboration between CNH Industrial and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The goal: to allow students from all over the world, wishing to undertake studies in the automobile and commercial vehicles sector, to find all of the useful information regarding the initiative as well as to provide support to operators in the sector that are looking for new technical personnel.

LONDON, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CNH Industrial and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) present the new website for their TechPro2 initiative: a brand new look, new contents, and new features dedicated to students, dealers and workshops that are looking for new talent for their businesses.

TechPro2 is a professional training project set up in 2008 as the result of a collaboration between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and CNH Industrial together with the Salesians of Don Bosco. The programme provides professional vocational training for young people. Its aim is to find, train and place highly qualified personnel in the automotive and commercial vehicles sector, especially within the authorised CNH Industrial and FCA networks. This is also being done with the help of the Salesians of Don Bosco. This initiative has expanded over the years and today counts some 55 vocational training centres around the world, with more than 9,300 students and has provided more than 240 thousand hours of professional training, in eight different languages.

The new website – www.techpro2.com – has a brand new look, contents and functionalities that have been updated so that students, dealers and workshops can all access information in a simple and efficient manner, presenting both new employment opportunities and qualified personnel for businesses. In addition to being able to find all the information concerning the project and its developments in the different areas of the world where it is active, students can also directly contact the schools whose detailed information and training courses are listed on the new site.

Operators in the sector, such as workshops and dealers looking for new and qualified staff, can alternatively get in touch with the schools in order to set up internships or new career paths for those students who are nearing the end of their professional training.

Another important update to this website is that students and professionals have the possibility to fill in an online form through which, a message will automatically be sent both to the schools concerned as well as the respective project managers at CNH Industrial and in FCA. This allows for the progress of the project to be constantly monitored. As such, the TechPro2 initiative fulfils its two objectives: to guide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds that are looking for concrete job opportunities into the labour market, as well as to meet the needs of specialised operators for the various FCA and CNH Industrial authorised dealerships and workshops.

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the seventh-largest automaker in the world, designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, components and production systems worldwide. The Group’s automotive brands are: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, SRT, Ferrari and Maserati, in addition to Mopar, the parts and service brand. The Group’s businesses also include Comau (production systems), Magneti Marelli (components) and Teksid (iron and castings). FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“FCAU”) and the Mercato Telematico Azionario in Milan (“FCA”).

Media contacts:

Sara Buosi

Marco Belletti

CNH Industrial Corporate Communications – Italy

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Press Office

E-mail: mediarelations@cnhind.com

EMEA Communications

www.cnhindustrial.com

Press Officer Institutional Communications

Laura Overall

Alessia Domanico

Corporate Communications Manager

Corporate Communications

CNH Industrial

CNH Industrial

Tel. +44 (0)1268 292 468

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Air New Zealand and Air China Unveil Proposed Alliance

BEIJING, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Air New Zealand and Air China have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

The alliance, subject to regulatory approvals, would see Air China introduce a daily direct service between Beijing and Auckland. The Chinese flag carrier would also continue to codeshare on Air New Zealand’s daily Shanghai — Auckland service which will be operated exclusively by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from 24 August.

The proposed alliance would further open up Beijing as a new market to and from New Zealand and the airlines aim to almost double sustainable capacity between China and New Zealand while delivering a range of other benefits to travellers including greater frequency and network connections.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the alliance with Air China would see two home carriers with complementary strengths at each end of the route working together to drive traffic in both directions.

“This proposed alliance brings New Zealand and China closer as our two countries enter the next phase of what is a very strong relationship focused on mutual growth and respect.

“By connecting the Chinese capital with New Zealand for the first time in three years we would provide tourists and business travellers with unparalleled air connectivity between and within each home market,” says Mr. Luxon.

“Airlines play a vital role in facilitating growth through crucial people to people connections and the movement of high value cargo. I am proud to be able to work with our long term Star Alliance partner, Air China, to ensure these important links make commercial sense, are sustainable and are in the interests of consumers and the wider economies.”

Air China Chief Executive Officer Song Zhiyong says the relationship between China and New Zealand is entering into a new phase with significant achievements having already been made in economic development and political as well as cultural exchanges in recent years.

“We are committed to working with our Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand to provide better air connectivity between China and New Zealand in order to meet the growing demand from travellers in both markets,” says Mr. Zhiyong.

“The proposed alliance with Air New Zealand allows both flag carriers to build a sustainable air service between Beijing and Auckland and supplement the existing connectivity between China and New Zealand. This service, along with Air New Zealand’s Shanghai — Auckland service, will provide greater benefits to travellers in both countries in the coming years — an outcome which we will feel very proud of.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, alliance services could commence as early as December 2015.

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Air China to start Beijing-Melbourne Nonstop

– Australia awaits your discovery

BEIJING, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Air China will start BeijingMelbourne four-times weekly nonstop service from June 1, 2015, becoming the only carrier that offers BeijingMelbourne nonstop service. At the same time, the carrier will continue its ShanghaiMelbourne nonstop service.

The four-times weekly flights CA165/6 will be offered on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday. The service is slated to increase to daily from October 25, 2015. 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. Onboard, the Business Class is outfitted with full-flat seats; all classes of service offer personal AVODs and power outlets, keeping passengers entertained for the duration of the flight.

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria which has earned its reputation as “Garden State.” In is located in peaceful Yarra Valley. 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.

For Melbourne and Australia as a whole, for years China has remained the largest trading partner, export market and import source market and also the largest source market of students and international visitors. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed at the end of 2014 has further made the cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture and education between the two countries closer. The start of nonstop flights between Beijing and Melbourne will further promote the trade ties between, and the healthy development of, the two countries.

With the start of the BeijingMelbourne flights, the number of flights per week that Air China operates from Beijing/Shanghai to Australia (Sydney/Melbourne) will increase to 23, and Air China’s capacity on ChinaAustralia route will go up by 60%. Utilizing the extensive network of the Star Alliance, passengers can easily get to 1,328 airports in 195 countries around the world.

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