The service is the first time an airline has flown from Zhengzhou to Australia. Adding close to 35,000 seats from China per year the two flights per week will commence on 6 December 2017. The Japan Airlines (JAL) daily non-stop service from Tokyo to Melbourne marks the first time a Japanese carrier has operated out of Melbourne. The airline is using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with 186 seats. The inaugural flight departed Melbourne Airport on Saturday 2 September 2017.
Melbourne welcomes direct flights
Air Canada’s direct flights between Melbourne and Vancouver will start from June 2018 with three non-stop services a week, adding over 46,000 seats every year from Canada. Jetstar has also introduced a nonstop service from Zhengzhou – giving Chinese travellers from regional hubs more accessibility to reach Melbourne.