British Airways (BA) has announced it is launching a new service between London Heathrow and China.
The flights, which will take to the skies three times a week, will serve China's Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
The service is set to begin on September 22, 2013. Passengers can book flights now, with those planning luxury tours to China among those likely to be carried by the service.
IAG chief executive officer Willie Walsh announced the new service and he said the airport at Chengdu is "truly impressive and shows vision and ambition".
The flights may certainly be of interest to people planning tailor made holidays in China in 2013 and beyond, with Mr Walsh pointing out the country is "a fascinating venue for leisure travellers, and the region is famed for its giant pandas, rich culture and excellent cuisine".
Walsh added: "I have visited China on many occasions and last year went to Chengdu to see for myself the progress that has been made at the airport. It is truly impressive and shows vision and ambition.
"I am delighted to announce this new route which demonstrates the importance of mainland China to BA and our commitment to grow our presence here."
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