Airtrader From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4598 times:
Ba plans to start flights this summer, 5 time a week using a 777 to Shanghai Pudong. It is still subject to regulatory approval though. All is confirmed by Robert Boyle, director commercial planning. Looks like a brilliant, long awaited move by BA
British Airways plans to start flights this summer from London Heathrow to Shanghai in China, subject to approval by the Chinese authorities.
Robert Boyle, the airline’s director of commercial planning, said: “We have flown to both Hong Kong and Beijing for many years and are keen to start services to Shanghai. The city is the powerhouse of the Chinese economy and, as the economy continues to grow, we believe there will be a great demand for our flights.
“Shanghai Pudong airport is due to open a second runway and we are talking to the Chinese authorities about securing take-off and landing slots in Shanghai for our flights. We hope to fly five times a week with a Boeing 777 aircraft.”
British Airways’ Shanghai plans have been boosted by the news that the British and Chinese governments have agreed to changes in travel visa rules which will make it easier for Chinese citizens to visit the UK.
The airline flies currently from London Heathrow to Beijing four times each week with a Boeing 777 aircraft. This will increase to six times per week from June 2005. British Airways flies also17 times a week from London Heathrow to Hong Kong with a Boeing 747 aircraft, which will increase to 21 flights a week from June 2005.
Roblondon70 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 89 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4499 times:
This news follows hot on the heels of the UK government simplifying visa requirements for Chinese tour groups. It was anticipated that this would increase Chinese visitors to the UK by some 70,000 per annum. However, I was under the impression that the bilateral remained restrictive. Does anyone have details of it? If UK airlines are being allowed greater frequencies surely these would have to be allocated by the CAA as per the recent UK-India hearing and VS would be keen to get their hands on some.