Ethiopian Announces Service to Seven New Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines is planning to launch seven new destinations within five months during the first half of 2017. The addition of the seven destinations will be one of the largest expansions in Ethiopian’s history, according to the airline. In the five months from February through June, Ethiopian will launch... Read more

Air China is launching four-times-weekly service linking its Southwest China regional hub at Chengdu with Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on February 10.

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On June 9, United Airlines begins non-stop, three-times-weekly services between San Francisco and Chengdu, China’s fourth-largest city. In doing so, United Airlines becomes the first carrier to serve Chengdu.

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Chinese start-up Qingdao Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company.

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United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin non-stop service linking the airline’s hub at San Francisco International Airport with Chengdu, the fourth-largest Chinese city, from June 9, 2014.

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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.

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Air China’s southwest division will begin twice-weekly service from Sichuan province’s capital Chengdu to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, on January 5.

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Etihad Airways plans to launch services to Chengdu in southwest China from December 15, subject to government approval. The airline will connect Chengdu to its hub and home base in Abu Dhabi with four non-stop round-trips each week.

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The airline’s Chengdu transit service provides passengers with a range of tourism services as part of the development of Air China’s Chengdu hub strategy and of Chengdu as a tourist destination.

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Air China is launching twice-weekly nonstop service from Chengdu to Tokyo on September 22, becoming the first airline to launch a direct route to Japan from Southwest China.

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Air China’s new domestic routes for the late summer and autumn seasons include the leisure routes Beijing-Manzhouli, Chengdu-Urumqi-Korla Sinkiang and Chongqing-Qingdao.

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