Swire GM Jeremy Sutton said that with the introduction of the weekly service, the company would provide better frequency for customers while also improving transit times to the Pacific from China, South Korea and Japan.
"This new service will also offer increased connections in to the Pacific Islands from South East Asia, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Indian sub-continent," Sutton said.
With weekly departures to and from all the main Chinese ports via transhipment over Busan and with direct departures from Busan in South Korea and Yokohama in Japan, Swire says it will be the market-leading service from North Asia into the Pacific. It will also offer connectivity to and from other global destinations via transhipment in Busan.
There will be weekly calls to Port Vila, Nouméa, Lautoka, Suva, Nuku'alofa, Apia, and Pago Pago and fortnightly calls to Honiara, the Solomon Islands and Papeete, French Polynesia.
The northern China port of Tianjin will be offered as a direct link every fortnight and the port of Qingdao every month.