Air China (Beijing) will start Chengdu-Paris nonstop service from December 12, 2015, which will make Paris the fifth European destination Air China serves from Chengdu after Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Moscow, and enable passengers from Chengdu to arrive in Paris within just around 11 hours.
The flights, CA457/8, are operated four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The outbound flight departs from Chengdu at 01:30 and arrives in Paris at 06:20. The return flight departs from Paris at 12:15 and arrives in Beijing at 06:00 the second day. The flights are to be operated with Airbus A330-200.
Air China is committed to building Chengdu as an aviation hub in southwest China and continues to enrich its network from Chengdu. The launch of Chengdu-Paris route is an important step in its European network layout. The service is the airline’s second nonstop European flight departing from Chengdu. Air China launched Chengdu-Frankfurt route in 2013, which is its first nonstop European service from Chengdu.
After the opening of the Chengdu-Paris service, Air China will be able to launch more diversified tourist products based on market demand and expand its presence in Europe. Meanwhile, the new service will expand the airline’s network from the Chengdu hub and improve its influence in the region.
After the launch of the new service, the airline will have 69 routes departing from Chengdu, including 58 domestic routes and 11 international and regional routes.