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.
Star Alliance member Air China will operate its Chengdu-Colombo service with Airbus 330 widebodies.
It will operate the flights between Chengdu ‒ the capital of Sichuan province ‒ and Colombo on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Air China’s schedule for its Chengdu-Colombo service will see flight CA425 depart from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (IATA code CTU) at 6:30 p.m. and land at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) at 9:50 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight CA426 will leave CMB at 11:10 p.m. and touch down at CTU at 6:40 a.m. the following day, local time.
Colombo is located in a time zone which is two hours and 30 minutes behind the time zone in which Chengdu is located, so the westbound flight is scheduled for a block time of five hours 20 minutes and the eastbound flight is scheduled for a block time of four hours.
The new route will be Air China’s fourth from Chengdu to Southeast Asia, the airline having already launched service to Kathmandu, Mumbai and Bangalore.
According to Air China, the new non-stop flight will mean that passengers traveling between Southwest China and Sri Lanka won’t need to connect at Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Singapore, cutting travel time from 10 hours to 5.5 hours.
Air China’s Chengdu-Colombo service is the first linking the two cities and represents an important moves for Air China in making Chengdu its regional hub of operations for Southwest China and an international hub, according to the airline.