Colombo, Dec.29 - China's national airline - Air China - will start a direct service between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan province, and Sri Lankan capital Colombo from February 10, 2015.
An airline statement said that the Chengdu-Colombo service will operate four weekly flights using Airbus A330 aircraft.
The four flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with one-way trip taking five-and-a-half hours.
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.
Chengdu, a commercial hub in southwest China, currently has 241 routes, including 78 international routes, linking the city with 187 cities worldwide, the Lanka Page reports. (ANI)