BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) -- British Airways launched its latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner for direct service between Chengdu and London this week and increased frequency of the route from three to five flights per week.
"I am very pleased to be able to deliver on our promise to our customers in Chengdu with the arrival of our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner today," Keith Williams, British Airways' Executive Chairman, was cited as saying in a note filed to Xinhua on Sunday.
It is the first time for a 787 Dreamliner to be used for international direct flight service to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, one of China's fastest growing hub airports.
This state-of-the-art aircraft will become a mainstay of the British Airways fleet over the next few years, part of a 5-billion-pound (about 8.43 billion U.S. dollars) investment program to increase comfort in the air and on the ground, Williams said.
The company has also raised the frequency of the route between Chengdu and London from three to five flights per week.
Li Wei, chairman of Sichuan Province Airport Group, said the company's actions not only show the importance of the Chengdu airport as an aviation hub in China, but also aid the growing cooperation between Sichuan and the UK in business, trade and technology.
British Airways has used Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the thrice-weekly service since the route launched in September last year.
British Airways has a worldwide route network covering more than 170 destinations in 75 countries. The airline has been flying to China for over 30 years.