Air China plans to open service from Chengdu to London in May as part of a West China international expansion strategy after British Airways (BA) suspended the route in January 2017. BA opened its Chengdu-London service in 2013, but suspended it four years later, saying it was “not commercially viable.” Local industry analysts warned against low load factors for Air China on the route because of a lack of premium traffic in Chengdu and UK visa problems. Air China is also ...

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