Sichuan Airlines launched flights between Chengdu and Tel Aviv on 26 September, with the carrier planning to operate the 6,442-kilometre sector twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) using its A330-300s. With this launch, Tel Aviv is now connected to four destinations in China with non-stop service, with it also seeing regular flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong. It should be noted that the Israeli city is also connected to Hong Kong.
- Sichuan Airlines commenced operations between Chengdu (CTU) and Tel Aviv (TLV) on 26 September. The Chinese carrier will link the two cities twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) using its fleet of A330-300s, with no other airline presently operating the 6,442-kilometre sector. With this launch, Sichuan Airlines becomes the second mainland Chinese operator to serve the Israeli city, with it joining Hainan Airlines which flies to Tel Aviv from Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong. Chengdu becomes the fourth destination in China to be flown direct from Tel Aviv. It should be noted that Tel Aviv also has regular services to Hong Kong, with both El Al and Cathay Pacific serving the latter city pair. By adding flights to Tel Aviv, Sichuan Airlines now serves five destinations across Europe and the Middle East from Chengdu, with it already offering flights to Dubai, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Prague and St. Petersburg. See how Tel Aviv Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.