Air China will begin flying non-stop between Beijing and Brisbane from December 11 this year, marking its third Australian destination alongside Sydney and Melbourne.

The new flights will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Beijing at 0230 and arriving in Brisbane at 1510 before flying the return leg at 1930, arriving back in Beijing at 0445 the following morning.

Air China’s A330-200 will fly the route, which comes with 28 business and 198 economy class seats. This aircraft will also fly Air China’s Beijing-Athens service when it begins going non-stop at the end of this month.

China’s flag carrier currently flies non-stop 18 times per week between Australia and China, including to Sydney from Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, and to Melbourne from Beijing and Shanghai.

Brisbane has rapidly grown in popularity among mainland Chinese carriers recently, with a slew of new routes to the Queensland capital being launched or announced. Hainan Airlines’ Shenzhen-Brisbane flights took off earlier this week, while China Eastern recently announced its Shanghai-Brisbane flights will be getting a frequency boost to daily in November, less than a year since they were launched last December.