Air China to Commence Chengdu-Frankfurt Nonstop Service

-- The 10-hour flight makes Chengdu more accessible to the world 
BEIJING, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Air China Limited (hereinafter referred to as 
"Air China") will commence nonstop Chengdu-Frankfurt service on May 19, 2013. 
The new service will cement Chengdu's position as southwestern China's air 
transportation hub and offer a faster and more economic option for travelers 
between southwestern China and Europe. 
Chengdu, the capital of a province widely known as China's breadbasket, is a 
southwestern Chinese city with huge growth potential. Recent years have seen a 
continuous uptick in the number of outbound travelers from Chengdu and other 
southwestern neighboring cities like Lhasa, Kunming and Xi'an who leave China 
via Chengdu. Currently, passengers who travel between Chengdu and other 
southwestern regions and Germany have to transfer in Beijing, Shanghai or Hong 
Kong, and the whole journey takes at least 15 hours. The opening of the new 
Chengdu-Frankfurt nonstop service will make Chengdu the third Mainland China 
city with direct air links to Frankfurt. The whole flight takes just 10 hours, 
which represents a significant cut in travel time. This faster service will be 
another driver of the fast growth in tourism and economy of southwestern 
Chengdu is Air China's important regional hub of operations in southwestern 
China and is served by Air China's over 62 domestic, international and 
regional routes. It is part of the carrier's world-spanning route network 
alongside Beijing which is the main hub and Shanghai which is an international 
gateway. Frankfurt is Europe's second largest air transportation hub and the 
German gateway to the world. It is served by over 260 air routes. It is also 
home to Star Alliance Headquarters and Air China Europe Regional Headquarters. 
With the new Chengdu-Frankfurt service, it is not only easier to travel 
between the two cities and the two countries, but also to benefit from the 
extensive network of the Star Alliance -- with the Star Alliance, Air China's 
passengers can easily access 1356 destinations in 193 countries and regions.   
The three-times weekly service, CA431/432, will be operated with an Airbus 
A330-200 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight time is approximately 10 
hours. The flight leaves Chengdu at 01:30 and arrives in Frankfurt at 06:10 on 
the same day. The return flight is expected to take off from Frankfurt at 
14:00 and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 05:40 the next 
day. Such flight schedules are meant to make it easier for passengers to 
access their connecting flights in Frankfurt and Chengdu after arrival. The 
A330-200 features personal AVOD in all classes of service and lie-flat seats 
in the Business Class. 
About Air China : 
China's only national flag carrier, Air China also offers special flights to 
state leaders on their official visit to foreign countries. It is a Star 
Alliance member carrier. It owns a fleet of 432 passenger aircraft and 
freighters of mainly Boeing and Airbus families (including those of the 
carriers which Air China has a majority stake in) and operates more than 280 
routes serving 30 countries and regions. Banking on the strong route network 
of the Star Alliance, Air China can take passengers to 1,356 destinations in 
193 countries. Air China appeals very much to business travelers. The 
membership of PhoenixMiles, Air China's customer loyalty program, has exceeded 
25 million. For more, head to Air China's official website  
Zhao Xingyu, +86-010-61462395, 
PRN Photo Desk, 
SOURCE: Air China 
To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: 
CO: Air China
-0- Jan/30/2013 09:26 GMT
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.