Sichuan Airlines’ Zhengzhou to Vancouver
Representatives from Sichuan Airlines, local and federal government and Vancouver Airport Authority came together to celebrate the launch of the carrier’s new twice-weekly service to Zhengzhou on Friday 11 November. Zhengzhou was China’s 17th busiest airport in 2015 handling 17.3 million passengers. Vancouver handled 20.3 million passengers last year, making it Canada’s second busiest airport after Toronto Pearson.
- Sichuan Airlines has launched the first ever non-stop service from Zhengzhou (CGO) in China to any destination in North America. The airport selected for this honour was Vancouver (YVR) in Canada. The new route will be flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using the carrier’s 243-seat A330-200s. The first flight on the 9,136-kilometre route was operated on 11 November. Craig Richmond, President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “We thank our long-standing partner, Sichuan Airlines, for choosing to open up a new non-stop service to Zhengzhou from YVR. This is another first for us and we are pleased to be able to offer even more choice for Canadian travellers going to China.” Sichuan Airlines launched flights between Vancouver and China in 2012 with thrice-weekly service between Vancouver and Chengdu via Shenyang. This new service to Chengdu via Zhengzhou replaces the airline’s existing flight to Chengdu via Shenyang on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Sunday flights remain unchanged and will continue to fly through Shenyang. There are currently seven airlines operating non-stop between China and Canada; six Chinese carriers and Air Canada. The Canadian airline has the biggest share of seat capacity at 39% followed by China Eastern Airlines (21%), Air China (14%), China Southern Airlines (11%) and Hainan Airlines (10%). Sichuan Airlines now has just 3% of the market with Xiamen Airlines accounting for the remaining 2%.