BA Launches Chinese Route

British Airways will launch a new route to Chengdu, China, from September 22, 2013.
Flights BA88 (inbound) and BA89 (London outbound) will operate a thrice-weekly service with a four-cabin Boeing 777.  BA is the first UK carrier to offer a direct service between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and London Heathrow.
CEO Willie Walsh commented:  “I have visited China on many occasions and last year went to Chengdu to see for myself the progress that has been made at the airport.  It is truly impressive and shows vision and ambition.
“This new route demonstrates the importance of mainland China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence here.  Economic growth in China is continuing the outstrip that of most other countries.”
Since 1990, Chengdu’s economy has expanded rapidly, delivering double-digit growth.  BA hopes that the new route will encourage business and leisure passengers alike.
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