British Airways (BA) has confirmed its intention to start running a non-stop route from Heathrow to Chengdu three times a week, Yorkshire Post reports.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive (the company which owns BA), expressed his excitement about the move in an official statement; labelling it a great chance to tap into China’s economic growth.

“I am delighted to announce this new route which demonstrates the importance of mainland China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence here,” he said. “Since 1990, Chengdu’s economy has expanded rapidly, consistently delivering double-digit rates of growth.

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British Airways 747-400 – Photo © Stephen Morris from

“We are confident that the new route between Chengdu and London will prove popular with customers travelling between the two major economic hubs,” Walsh concluded. Flight tracking enthusiasts and business-people interested in taking advantage of these flights may be interested to hear the route will only take ten hours, 25 minutes to complete.

He went on to confirm that other similar routes are set to be unveiled in the future; something the airline is able to do as a result of the recent BMI acquisition, the chief executive revealed.

What’s more, suggested that services between Heathrow and areas like Toronto, Chennai, Jeddah, Mexico City, Amnam and Hyderabad could be increased by BA too.

London Heathrow Airport (LHR / EGLL) already serves a huge number of destinations across the globe –  these can be seen in this visualisation on Plane Finder‘s interactive flight tracking map.

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