Air China presented in Madrid on Tuesday May 5th its programme, “For the future of Spain and China, Let’s fly together” with the aim of collaborating with Spanish companies and institutions to promote the development of relations between the two countries.
The main objective of the plan is to lay a foundation for future cooperation between Air China, the Chinese Embassy, the China Tourism Bureau in Spain and Spanish companies and institutions interested in generating economic or cultural exchanges between the two countries. The programme includes special conditions for its Spanish partners and the support of the Chinese airline for mutually beneficial projects and initiatives between Spain and China, ranging from attracting Chinese tourism to Spain or from Spain to China, to the exchange of students, government delegations and trade missions.
The Chinese state-owned airline is the only airline with direct flights between Spain and China, with passenger routes from Madrid and Barcelona to Beijing, and a logistics centre for freight transport in Zaragoza. The general manager of Air China in Spain, Peter Han, said that they will continue to work to launch new flights to encourage tourism, trade and cultural exchange between Spain and China: “From Air China, we will endeavour to continue to increase the flights between Spain and China that make us a little closer every day”.
“Obviously something fundamental, so that there will be more economic and cultural exchanges between our two countries, is for increasingly more Spaniards to go to China, and Chinese to come to Spain. We are available to institutions, companies and the media to collaborate on projects that will help to create mutually beneficial exchanges between our two countries”, said Han.
The event was presented by Carlos Sentís, Director General of Henkuai and featured presentations by Peter Han, Director General of Air China Spain, Carmen Cárdeno, Director General of Domestic Trade of Spain, Chen Yuming, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy China in Spain, Zhang Zhiyun, Director of the national Tourist Office of China in Spain, Antonio Lopez de Avila, president of Segitur, and Zhang Yinghui, director of Air China Barcelona. Among those attending were outstanding representatives of companies and institutions like the World Tourism Organization, Madrid Destination, Madrid, Valencia Tourism, Provincial Government of Segovia, Telefonica, Tecnicas Reunidas, World Travel and Tourism Council, Repsol, Mapfre Group Posts ICBC, ZTE, Huawei and Wanda, among others.
Air China, which recently signed a cooperation agreement with Renfe to offer greater connectivity in Spain, continues its plan to expand its air traffic network to cover all Europe. Currently, Air China offers a total of 18 routes and 252 weekly flights to Central Europe, with 19 major European city destinations, including, among others, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, and Madrid.
Air China has been awarded twice by the Spain-China Council Foundation for its contribution to the development of bilateral relations. The Chinese multinational is a member of Star Alliance and is one of the 500 most valuable brands in the world, with a value amounting to 13,000 million euros.
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