Air China started Chengdu–Osaka andChengdu–Tokyo nonstop services respectively on October 25, 2015 and October 26, 2015. As upgrades to the original Chengdu–Shanghai–Osaka and Chengdu–Beijing–Tokyo flights, the two nonstop services will spare passengers between Chengdu and other parts of southwestern China and Japan the trouble of having to transfer viaBeijing or Shanghai.
Based on the statistics released in July by Japan National Tourism Organization, Mainland China has become the largest source market of travelers to Japan. While domestic and international airlines are entering the China–Japan markets, Air China has got around to cementing its footprint by utilizing the synergies created by its position as the largest carrier at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and the airport’s position as the carrier’s regional hub. According to a source from Air China, Japan is a market that Air China is quite committed to. Currently, Air China operates 20 routes from Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Tianjin to 9 Japanese cities including Okinawa, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Tokyo, Hakodate, Nagoya, Sendai and Sapporo.
In 2015, Air China is continuing to increase its capacity in its regional hub in Chengdu and make tangible moves to cement its presence in China’s southwest region. In its 2015 Winter/Spring Schedule, the carrier offers from its hub in Chengdu over 110 air links to a total of 71 cities, including 13 international and regional cities, of which 11 like Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul and Singapore are served by nonstop flights. It will also commence Chengdu–Parisservice by the end of year. Air China has the ambition to make Chengdu a powerful hub in China and the largest hub in southwest China.