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July 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Air
China's newly opened
Chengdu nonstop flights make
Chengdu the closest inland Chinese city to
Europe. It takes European travelers just 10 hours to fly from the heart of
China's "Land of Plenty" imbued with oriental charms.
Silk, Tea, Giant Panda
Beijing is the seat of many dynastic governments and
Shanghai the throbbing heart of Chinese commercialism,
Chengdu, tucked away in southwest
China, exudes unique oriental charms. It's the birthplace of Shujin, or Sichuan Brocade, a silk fabric of unique workmanship that traces its origins to the Warring States period of over 2,000 years ago, and its history as a tea trading center provides visitors with a cross section of authentic Chinese tea culture. It's also the hometown of the famous Giant Panda; the city is the world's only habitat for both pandas in captivity and in the wild.
A Livable CityChengdu, which has played host to China-EU Fair seven times, is western
China's important manufacturing and export base, and also a western
China's city with the largest number of Fortune 500 companies operating.
An Easily Accessible Hub in Southwest China
China debuted its
Chengdu route on
May 19, the first nonstop route ever opened between western
Europe by a Chinese carrier. With Air China's network with
Chengdu as a regional hub, European travelers can transfer quickly and easily to other parts of
As the largest carrier in
Chengdu, Air China now operates over 60 domestic, international and regional routes into and out of
Chengdu. After arriving in
Chengdu, travelers can continue their journey to other leading cities like
Beijing onboard high-frequency "Beijing-Chengdu Express", or to red-hot plateau destinations like Lhasa and Lijiang.
Frankfurt route is operated with Air China's upgraded A330-200 wide-body aircraft. The number of business class seats has been reduced from 36 to 30, with seat pitch of 203 cm, and the seat can recline 180 degrees to become a full-flat bed. In addition, all classes of service are equipped with personal entertainment system. Such signature
Sichuan lil' eats as Pickled fish, Meat Dumplings, Shrimp Wonton Noodles are served onboard, giving European travelers a true taste of Chengdu.