Sichuan Airlines to commence thrice-weekly Chengdu-Melbourne service
2013-02-09 12:17:31 Source: Hits:
Updated: 07 Feb 2013
The first direct flights between Australia and western China are now a reality following regulatory approval for Sichuan Airlines to commence
service to Melbourne at the end of February.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff said Sichuan Airlines had now started selling tickets for the new Chengdu-Melbourne service to operate three times a week using an Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
"This is a very exciting milestone in the development of closer business, education and tourism links between Victoria and Sichuan Province which is home to more than 80 million people and the gateway to a region which accounts for a growing share of China’s trade, foreign investment and economic growth.”
"Sichuan Airlines is actively promoting the new Melbourne-Chengdu services with imagery of our very own Phillip Island fairy penguins. Tickets are available via travel agents.”
"By offering direct services to Melbourne, visitors from China will no longer have to transit through other cities en route to Australia, providing Melbourne and Victoria with a unique advantage for visitors from Sichuan and western China.”
"The commencement of Sichuan Airlines’ flights follow the signing of a sister-airport agreement between Melbourne Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport last year, in which we committed to strengthening the relationship between our airports as well as securing more direct flights between our respective regions,” said Mr Woodruff.
Sichuan Airlines (3U) will commence three flights per week between Melbourne (MEL) and Chengdu (CTU) on 28 February, providing an additional 76,440 seats every year.