Air China’s Chengdu to Sydney
Kerrie Mather, MD & CEO of Sydney Airport was on hand to help cut the cake created to celebrate the start of Air China’s non-stop flights between Sydney and Chengdu. The new thrice-weekly service complements the carrier’s existing services from Beijing and Shanghai.
- Air China has added a new route between China and Australia. On 11 November the Star Alliance carrier began a thrice-weekly service between Chengdu (CTU) and Sydney (SYD), a city pairing not served by any other airline. The 8,711-kilometre sector will be flown by the carrier’s A330-200s. The first flight arrived in Sydney on 12 November. Kerrie Mather, MD & CEO of Sydney Airport, said: “We’re delighted to welcome this new service to Sydney Airport, which provides direct access from western China and furthers our position as the world’s leading long-haul airport for Chinese destinations. By the end of this month, Sydney Airport will have seven airlines flying to 13 Chinese cities. This service will bring 23,000 Chinese visitors and $89 million per year to the NSW visitor economy, and provides a key link to the business hub of western China. As one of the fastest developing cities in the world, Chengdu is also an appealing tourist destination, famous for its giant pandas.” Air China Sydney GM Jie Rui welcomed the new route, saying: “As the first Chinese airline to operate into Australia – and having flown between China and Australia for the last 32 years – Air China has seen first-hand the increasingly strong growth and development of services between our countries. With increasing demand from both the business and leisure market, Air China knows the introduction of the direct Sydney to Chengdu service will help support this demand. Chengdu is Air China’s second biggest hub. After our services to Frankfurt and Paris, this new route is Air China’s third intercontinental flight from Chengdu, and is also the first non-stop service between Chengdu and Sydney.” Air China already serves Sydney non-stop from Beijing and Shanghai Pudong. Combined with its services to Melbourne, the carrier has a 19% share of the China-Australia market as measured by weekly seat capacity, placing it third after China Southern Airlines (38%) and China Eastern Airlines (21%). Chinese carriers currently have a 95% share of capacity between the two countries. See how Sydney Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.