Sichuan Airlines commenced operations between Chengdu and Copenhagen on 10 December. Cutting the ribbon to officially open the route were: Li Guang, GM, Sichuan Airlines; Thomas Woldbye, Group CEO, Copenhagen Airports; and Deng Ying, Chinese Ambassador to Denmark. Flights will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays).
- Sichuan Airlines launched its latest route to Europe on 10 December, the day which saw it begin a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between Chengdu (CTU) and Copenhagen (CPH). The airline will operate the 7,321-kilometre sector using its fleet of A330-300s, with no other carrier presently linking the Danish and Chinese cities. “Every time Denmark is better connected with new markets, our trade increases. Aviation’s contribution to the Danish economy is steadily increasing, and the new route from Chengdu will in future increase Danish GDP by approximately NOK 175 million annually,” commented Thomas Woldbye, Group CEO, Copenhagen Airports on the arrival of its newest Chinese airline. Along with Sichuan Airlines, Copenhagen Airport also welcomed a new Chinese carrier back in May, when Air China commenced operations from Beijing. Along with Copenhagen, the carrier also serves Moscow Sheremetyevo, Prague and St. Petersburg in Europe this winter from Chengdu, based on OAG schedules.