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LONDON — Air China is set to launch flights from Chengdu to London-Gatwick on July 3.

The three times weekly service will depart Gatwick at 22:00 every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and will arrive into Chengdu at 15:40 the following day.

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Air China will operate the route using one of its Airbus A330-300s.

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Although no confirmation has been made about configurations, according to SeatGuru, the airline offers three cabins with a total of 301 seats on this plane.

The configuration is set with 30 seats in Business Class in a 2-2-2 layout, 16 seats for Premium Economy in a 2-4-2 plan, as well as 255 economy seats also in a 2-4-2 setting respectively.

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Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s chief commercial officer, said that “Chengdu is a strategically important destination and a major logistical hub so this new route, the UK’s only direct flight, opens up a range of opportunities to access markets throughout central and western China, be it by air, road or rail.”

Gatwick’s Continued Growth

This is Gatwick’s 67th long-haul route in its vast network, and these flights will add 45,000 seats per year to that destination.

International connections through Air China at Chengdu feature destinations such as Bangkok, Columbo, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo.

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Chen Hongbing, Air China general manager for the UK and Ireland, added that “Air China’s Gatwick-Chengdu route is the 30th route opened by Air China between China and Europe.”

Gatwick Airport, Control tower with aircraft in flight in the background, DP, 19 August 2004, (CGA857)

“We hope to set up an air bridge through this route to provide passengers with more convenience and choice. We hope to promote the friendly exchanges between the people from our two countries and promote the political, economic and cultural exchanges between the two cities and the two countries,” he said.

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With more Chinese links to the UK being established month after month, a vast presence of Chinese tourism will continue to increase.

With services from London-Heathrow to the Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and other Chinese destinations, the offerings to the Asian country continue to be on the rise from the UK’s most important city.