Sunday, December 30, 2012

From London to Chengdu China by British Airways

British Airways, the flag carrier of United Kingdom, has announced its new route to Chengdu in China which will start on September 22, 2013. With the start of these flights, British Airways will be the only UK carrier to offer a direct service between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and London Heathrow. The thrice-weekly service will be served by a four-cabin Boeing 777 with First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) and the tickets are on sale since December 19th 2012. To celebrate the launchand reflecting the Chinese belief that eight is an auspicious number, flights to Chengdu are available from just £508 if booked between today and January 6, 2013.

Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG, who announced the route in Chengdu, said: “I have visited China on many occasions and last year went to Chengdu to see for myself the progress that has been made at the airport.  It is truly impressive and shows vision and ambition. “I am delighted to announce this new route which demonstrates the importance of mainland China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence here. Economic growth in China is continuing to outstrip that of most other countries, and Chengdu is not only the capital of Sichuan Province in the South West of China but one of the country’s largest cities.

“Since 1990, Chengdu’s economy has expanded rapidly, consistently delivering double-digit rates of growth. We are confident that the new route between Chengdu and London will prove popular with customers travelling between the two major economic hubs. China is also a fascinating venue for leisure travellers, and the region is famed for its giant pandas, rich culture and excellent cuisine.”

British Airways will operate Boeing 777 between London and Chengdu.

In Summer 2013, British Airways will also be increasing frequencies on services from London Heathrow to Amman, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto.

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