Di­rect flight from Chengdu to Auck­land to be launched in June

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HOSPITALITY - By ZHUAN TI zhuanti@chi­nadaily.com .cn

Sichuan Air­lines an­nounced ear­lier this month that it will open a non-stop flight link­ing Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, and Auck­land, New Zealand. This route will op­er­ate three times a week and be served by A330 air­craft.

Fly­ing time is around 13 hours, de­part­ing from Auck­land at 8:30 pm and ar­riv­ing in Chengdu at 6:00 am the next day, or leav­ing Chengdu at 1:55 am and land­ing in Auck­land at 6:45 pm.

The air­line has been op­er­at­ing safely for nearly 28 years since its es­tab­lish­ment. It has the largest Air­bus fleet in China, with more than 120 planes cov­er­ing 240 flight routes.

Its route ne twork, pro­vid­ing flight ser­vices to 23 mil­lion pas­sen­gers an­nu­ally, links Asia, Europe, Ocea­nia and North Amer­ica.

The com­pany has been named the best air­line on the Chi­nese main­land for three con­sec­u­tive years. Its food, rated as the best in-flight meal on the Chi­nese main­land, has re­ceived pas­sen­gers’ recog­ni­tion.

He a d q u a r t e r e d i n C h e n g d u , the first city in cen­tral and western China to adopt the pol­icy of 72-hour tran­sit visa ex­emp­tion for foreigners, Sichuan Air­lines op­er­ates a dense route net­work in the re­gion and pro­vides easy ac­cess to ma­jor cities and tourist des­ti­na­tions through­out China.

Sichuan is the home of gi­ant pan­das in China, and tops other prov­inces in cen­tral and western China in terms of the num­ber of nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage sites. Its cap­i­tal, Chengdu, has a his­tory of more than 3,000 years and was crowned as the best tourist des­ti­na­tion in China by the World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion. It is the first “Cap­i­tal of the World’s Gourmet Food” i n Asia rated by UNESCO.

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