21 NOVEMBER 2016
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Chengdu, which was dropped by BA last month (BTN 24 October), is being developed further by Star Alliance member Air China, which last week began flights to and from Sydney, the airline’s first non-stop route between west China and Australia.
Air China said the service would provide more flexible travel options for travellers to and from Australia, and promote the development of the economy as well as trade and industrial co-operation between Sichuan and China’s western regions and Oceania.
Throughout this year, while expanding its global network from its hub in Beijing, Air China has also stepped up its efforts to build a regional hub in Chengdu, known in China as the Land of Plenty, improving the regional networks of that city and Chongqing.
The Chengdu – Sydney service, CA429/30, is operated with an Airbus A330-200 three times a week. Outbound flights are on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Chengdu in late evening and arriving in Sydney at lunchtime the following day. Return flights depart Sydney 2hr later, arriving in Chengdu at 22:35.
Using the Star Alliance network, Air China can now fly passengers to 1,330 airports in 193 countries.
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