26 January 2020 - 29 Tevet 5780 - כ"ט טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
Sichuan Airlines launches first direct flight from Chengdu to Tel Aviv E-mail

With a maiden flight on 26 September, Sichuan Airlines inaugurated its direct route from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China, to Tel Aviv.

The airline will run two weekly flights, on Sundays and Thursdays, and will be offering passengers a connecting flight from Chengdu to Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou at no extra cost. The company is represented in Israel by TAL Aviation.

The flights will use Airbus 330A airliners and later Airbus A350s. Some of the company’s planes are colourfully designed, including decoration with the company’s pandabear logo. The flight time will be eight hours and 20 minutes. The flights will have 277 tourist class seats and 24 business class seats.

Commenting on the growth in passenger traffic between Tel Aviv and China, TAL Aviation president and CEO Gideon Thaler said: “It is true of both businesspeople and tourists going to China and the Far East.” The company expects the inauguration of the new route to substantially boost the number of tourists from Asia to Israel, but also expects to see more families and tourists from Israel visiting China and the Far East.”

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