As part of its effort to build a hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwestern China, Air China will launch a four-times-weekly Shanghai-Chengdu-Mumbai route on May 2.
Air China will operate the four weekly round-trips, which will bear the flight number CA429 for the outbound flight and CA430 for the inbound flight, with Airbus A319s flown by Air China’s southwestern division.
Upon the introduction of the new service, Mumbai will be the 10th non-Chinese-mainland city served by Air China from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (which has the IATA code CTU).
The other cities include Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Singapore, Bangalore, Kathmandu, Karachi, Taipei and Hong Kong.
Mumbai, whose main airport is called Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and has the IATA code BOM, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Known as India’s “west gateway”, it is the country’s largest port and most important transportation hub.
As an economic center and industrial base, Mumbai boasts Asia’s longest “Gold Market Street”. Mumbai is the birthplace of India’s textile industry and one of the world’s most important textile products exporters.
Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and is a Star Alliance member. Using a fleet of 306 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, it operates 289 routes serving 30 countries and regions.
Beijing Capital International Airport, now the world’s second-busiest airport in terms of passengers handled, is Air China’s biggest hub.
The carrier’s membership in the Star Alliance gives its customers access to 1,160 destinations in 181 countries. Air China’s PhoenixMiles frequent-flyer program has 17 million members.