The first direct cargo flight from Taiwan landed in Shanghai today. China Airlines flight CI 6901 left Taipei loaded with semiconductor manufacturing equipment and landed in Shanghai shortly after midnight. It is the first Taipei-Shanghai flight since the mainland's Cross-Straits Aviation Transport Exchange Council and the Taipei Airlines Association agreed to allow chartered cargo carriers to fly directly between Taiwan and the mainland. Five more flights are expected in the next few weeks. Cargo planes from Taiwan usually have to stop in Hong Kong, where Taiwan airlines drop the cargo off and companies like Dragonair or China Eastern Airlines take it the rest of the way to Shanghai.