Air China to commence Chengdu-Frankfurt nonstop serviceAir China to commence Chengdu - Frankfurt nonstop service
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.
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.
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 China.
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.