British Airways launches its third Chinese destination — Chengdu

British Airways’ London Heathrow to Chengdu

Catching the panda-eye to China. Following his arrival in Chengdu on the special Panda logo jet used for the inaugural flight from London Heathrow, IAG CEO Willie Walsh confirmed that the thrice weekly 777-200 service will be upgraded to five times weekly with a 787-800 next summer.

  • British Airways commenced operations to its third destination in China (after Beijing and Shanghai, still prefers to designate Hong Kong as a separate state) on 22 September, launching flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Chengdu (CTU). While there is no direct competition, the thrice-weekly 777-200 BA service (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) joins Air China (thrice-weekly to Frankfurt) and KLM (four times weekly from Amsterdam), in linking the capital of Sichuan province to Europe. (See how the Chengdu’s Fire Truck Water Arch scored with’s expert panel of judges!)


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