BEIJING, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Air China started Chengdu-Osaka and Chengdu-Tokyo nonstop services respectively on October 25, 2015 and October 26, 2015. As upgrades to the original Chengdu-Shanghai-Osaka and Chengdu-Beijing-Tokyo flights, the two nonstop services will spare passengers between Chengdu and other parts of southwestern China and Japan the trouble of having to transfer via Beijing or Shanghai.
Based on the statistics released in July by Japan National Tourism Organization, Mainland China has become the largest source market of travelers to Japan. While domestic and international airlines are entering the China-Japan markets, Air China has got around to cementing its footprint by utilizing the synergies created by its position as the largest carrier at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and the airport's position as the carrier's regional hub. According to a source from Air China, Japan is a market that Air China is quite committed to. Currently, Air China operates 20 routes from Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Tianjin to 9 Japanese cities including Okinawa, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Tokyo, Hakodate, Nagoya, Sendai and Sapporo.
In 2015, Air China is continuing to increase its capacity in its regional hub in Chengdu and make tangible moves to cement its presence in China's southwest region. In its 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule, the carrier offers from its hub in Chengdu over 110 air links to a total of 71 cities, including 13 international and regional cities, of which 11 like Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul and Singapore are served by nonstop flights. It will also commence Chengdu-Paris service by the end of year. Air China has the ambition to make Chengdu a powerful hub in China and the largest hub in southwest China.
About the flights
The Chengdu-Osaka flights, CA461/462, are operated three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Chengdu at 11:50 and arrives in Osaka at 17:00. The return flight departs from Osaka at 18:00 and arrives in Chengdu at 22:05.
The Chengdu-Tokyo flights, CA459/460, are operated four times a week. The outbound flight departs from Chengdu at 15:30 and arrives in Tokyo at 21:00 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday every week. The return flight departs from Tokyo at 08:50 and arrives in Chengdu at 13:50 on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday every week.
About Air China
Air China is China's only national flag carrier and a member carrier of the world's largest airline network - Star Alliance.
By Aug 2015, Air China had a fleet of 523 passenger aircraft and freighters of mainly Boeing and Airbus families (including those of the carriers which Air China has a majority stake in). It operates 350 routes, including 87international routes, 16regional routes and 247 domestic routes. It serves 168 cities in 35 countries and regions, including 58 international cities, 4 regional cities and 106 domestic cities. Every week, Air China offers over 1.47 million seats on over 7700 flights per week.
Utilizing its extensive route network and its hub in Beijing, especially after its admission to the Star Alliance, Air China can fly passengers to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.
PhoenixMiles, Air China's customer loyalty program created in 1994, is Asia's only frequent flyer program shared by a number of carriers.
Air China's customer service philosophy revolves around four elements: credibility, convenience, comfort, and choice. Hard work over the years has resulted in a tremendous increase in Air China's brand value. In 2013, Air China ranked again as one of the world's top 500 brands with a brand value of RMB 91.899 billion, and was the only Chinese carrier on the World Brands 500 list.
For more, visit Air China's official website www.airchina.com or call Air China's hotline 95583.
SOURCE Air China