Air China will start Chengdu-Paris nonstop service from December 12, 2015, which will make Paris the fifth European destination Air China serves from Chengdu after Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Moscow, and enable passengers from Chengdu to arrive in Paris within just around 11 hours.
Outbound tourist traffic from Sichuan has been increasing tremendously since 2014, and Chengdu has become China's fifth largest source of outbound travelers behind Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and Europe has become the second most popular destination behind other Asian regions for travelers in Sichuan. The Chengdu-Paris nonstop service will provide an additional option for travelers in the southwest China to Europe and will also give further impetus to the economic exchanges, industrial cooperation and tourism between Sichuan and the entire southwest China as a whole and Europe.
The flights, CA457/8, are operated four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The outbound flight departs from Chengdu at 01:30 and arrives in Paris at 06:20. The return flight departs from Paris at 12:15 and arrives in Beijing at 06:00 the second day. The flights are to be operated with Airbus 330-200. Its Business Class seats can turn into full-flat beds, and all classes of service offer personal AVOD, keeping passengers entertained for the duration of the flight.