Di­rect flight to Lon­don launches to­day

Changjiang Weekly - - FOCUS - By Zhang Quanlu & Tang Yu

As one of the fruit­ful results of the Sino-Bri­tish re­la­tion­ship af­ter Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May's visit to Wuhan, a di­rect flight from Wuhan to Lon­don launches to­day. It is the sixth in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal air route from Wuhan, along with those to Paris, Moscow, San Francisco, Rome, and Syd­ney.

Start­ing on May 30, China South­ern Air­lines will fly three times a week from Wuhan non-stop to Lon­don on Monday, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day. The flights de­part from Wuhan at 2:25 P.M. and ar­rive in Lon­don at 6:45 P.M. lo­cal time. The re­turn flights de­part from Lon­don at 10:10 P.M. lo­cal time and ar­rive in Wuhan at 3:35 P.M. the next day.

The di­rect flights be­tween Wuhan and Lon­don will be op­er­ated with an Air­bus A330-200 wide-body air­liner. In its four co­coon-shape pri­vate first­class cab­ins and 24 busi­ness cab­ins, the seats can be laid com­pletely flat which en­sures a com­fort­able jour­ney. Each of the 187 seats in the econ­omy class is equipped with a 9-inch per­sonal TV set with over 600 hours of en­ter­tain­ing pro­grams.

Dif­fer­ent from other WuhanLon­don flights, which re­quire a trans­fer, this is a time sav­ing flight tak­ing only 12 hours one way. The spe­cial price for a round-trip ticket of­fered by South­ern Air­lines can be as low as RMB 4,633 in­clud­ing fees and taxes, which is about RMB 5,000 cheaper than the other ticket prices. With­out the in­con­ve­niences of recheck­ing lug­gage or wor­ries of miss­ing a con­nec­tion, the di­rect flights can pro­vide pas­sen­gers with a more pleas­ant, con­ve­nient, and ef­fi­cient travel ex­pe­ri­ence.

Prior to the di­rect flight to Lon­don, China South­ern Air­lines launched a route from Wuhan to Osaka, Ja­pan, on March 28. In May, the com­pany also started di­rect air routes from Wuhan to Ho Chi Minh, Viet­nam, and to Phuket Is­land, Thai­land.

As of the end of 2017, Tianhe In­ter­na­tional Air­port has 58 in­ter­na­tional air routes and 45 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions in op­er­a­tion. With the in­creas­ing num­ber of air­lines, more and more pas­sen­gers, not only from Cen­tral China but the whole coun­try, are tak­ing ad­van­tage of Wuhan as a trans­fer port.

Paris Rome Moscow De­sign by Chen Chang & Wu Xiaolin Syd­ney San Francisco

Wuhan's six in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal air routes

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