At 18:00, June 13 (New Zealand time), an A330 jet from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport landed in Auckland Airport.
At 18:00, June 13 (New Zealand time), an A330 jet filled with over 380 passengers from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, after a 13-hour air trip, landed in Auckland Airport, which marked the launch of the non-stop air link from Chengdu to Auckland. The route is the 101th international (regional) one between the city and those in other parts of the globe.
Sichuan Airlines uses A330 aircraft to operate the service on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Between June 13 and September 23 (winter schedule), the outbound flight, numbered 3U8909, leaves Chengdu at 01:45 and arrives in Auckland at 18:45 (local time), and the inbound one, numbered 3U8910, departs from Auckland at 20:30 (local time) and arrives in Chengdu at 06:00 the next day.
Between September 26 and October 28 (summer schedule), the outbound flight leaves Chengdu at 01:55 and arrives in Auckland at 19:45 (local time), and the inbound flight leaves Auckland at 21:30 (local time) and arrives in Chengdu at 06:00 the next day.
It is reported that Sichuan Airlines offered the passengers of the first three flights a minimum round-trip air fare of RMB600 excluding tax, and those book the tickets 150 days in advance can enjoy a lowest round-trip fare of RMB990 excluding tax.