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Algeria Opens Algiers-Beijing Direct Flight

Published by  findani at 2009/2/24;

Algeria launched its direct flight from Algiers to Beijing Sunday, with the Chinese ambassador among the passengers aboard the inaugural flight.

The inaugural flight, with some 60 passengers aboard, took off at night from Algiers Airport and is expected to arrive in Beijing on Monday morning.

The president of Air Algeria, that runs the Algiers-Beijing flight, said this was a "good start" and the company would open the Algiers-Shanghai route in the future.

The direct flight, operated with Airbus 330-200, leaves Algiers for Beijing every Thursday and Sunday, and returns every Friday and Monday.

He added opening direct flight was a major plan for the Algerian government as well as for Air Algeria, which will facilitate cooperation and exchange between Algeria and China in economy, trade and tourism.

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