Air China, the flag carrier and one of the People’s Republic of China’s major airlines will launch direct flights from Chengdu to Colombo, with operations beginning from February 2015 onwards. Jetwing Air, a part of the Jetwing family acts as the airline’s general sales agent (GSA) and will overlook reservations within Sri Lanka.
With Sri Lanka achieving tourism milestones with 1.5 million tourist arrivals for 2014, the Chinese market is certainly a growing one – having increased rapidly in the last two years. Beginning from the 10th of February, Air China will operate four weekly direct flights from Tuesday to Sunday using Airbus A330 aircraft to Colombo.
The flights will operate from Chengdu, a major air hub in southwest China linking 187 cities including 78 international routes.
Owned and operated by Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brand, Jetwing Air functions as the representative of Air China in the country. Currently acting as the GSA for approximately 13 airlines including SpiceJet, FlyDubai, Bangkok Airways, Hahn Air and EgyptAir, Jetwing Air is also connected to the global distribution systems of Amadeus and Galileo, making the company a preferred overseas travel partner.
A representative of Air China said, “This is the first service from Chengdu to a Sri Lankan city, marking an important step towards the construction of the flag carrier's Chengdu hub”. Adding to the statement, Shiromal Cooray, Managing Director of Jetwing Travels welcomed the initiative, saying that “it is a new bridge connecting two great cultures, and enhancing the benefits of tourism for both countries”.
Family owned and in the tourism industry for the past 41 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect.