Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Chinese trade with St. Louis has officially begun.

The first “China Cargo” aircraft landed at Lambert Airport Friday afternoon, to big fanfare and big hopes for more.

RCGA president Dick Fleming was there with a special greeting, “The Arch welcomes the soaring golden swallow.”

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said there will be flights between St. Louis and Shanghai once a week — likely soon-to-be three times a week, “It’s something that can create good-paying jobs for St. Louisans and new business operations for Shanghai.”

As pallets of brown boxes were unloaded from the Boeing 777, Chinese Consul General Yang Guoqiang spoke to the local dignitaries, “We’re going to link Lambert Airport to South America, to Africa, to the rest of the world.”

As part of the inaugural landing ceremony, the plane passed through an arch of water created by two Lambert Airport fire trucks.

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