Cutting the cake in Madrid on 17 December to help launch the start of non-stop service between Madrid and Chengdu with Beijing Capital Airlines are: Zhang Zhiyun, The Director of Officina Nacional de Turismo de China en España; Antonio de la Morena Ballesteros, Head of Operational Planning, Tourspain; and Coral Chen, General Manager of Spanish office.
- Beijing Capital Airlines has modified its European operation. As of 16 December the carrier now operates a new, twice-weekly, non-stop service between Chengdu (CTU) and Madrid (MAD) which originates in Hangzhou. Previously the airline was operating a weekly non-stop service between Hangzhou and Madrid, a route the carrier launched on 28 December 2015. Needless to say the new 9,151-kilometre route faces no direct competition and will be flown by the airline’s A330-200s, of which it has four. It also recently took delivery of its first A330-300. This new route links Chengdu with oneworld member Iberia’s hub in Spain. A direct link from Chengdu to another oneworld member’s hub (that of British Airways at London Heathrow) will be suspended from mid-January 2017. There are currently 25 carriers offering non-stop flights between China and Europe. Beijing Capital Airlines ranks 24th with just 0.36% of the market as measured by weekly seats.