Chinese carrier Xiamen Air will become the only airline to have direct flights between Chongqing and Osaka. With this move, the airline will enhance connectivity between both cities.
Xiamen Air starts Chongqing to Osaka route
Effective 5 August, Xiamen based Xiamen Air will start non-stop flights between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Osaka Kansai International Airport.
Flight will be operated 3X weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airline will deploy its Boeing 737 on this route. Xiamen Air is the first airline in mainland China to join SkyTeam Alliance. Later, others joined. The airline currently operates a fleet of 158 aircraft.
Details of the flight
The airline will operate thrice weekly service between Chongqing and Osaka. This flight will be operated by Boeing 737.
MF 8653 Chongqing to Kansai
The aircraft will depart Chongqing early morning at 08:10 AM and will land at Osaka International Airport at 12:45 PM. The aircraft will have a turnaround time of 1 hour.
MF 8654 Kansai to Chongqing
After 1 hour, at 01:45 PM, the aircraft departs Osaka and arrives at Chongqing Airport at 05:10 PM.
Xiamen Air Japan Operations
Xiamen Air operates 20X weekly flights to Japan from Mainland China. The airline operates these routes :
- Tokyo Narita to Fuzhou
- Osaka to Hangzhou
- Osaka to Xiamen
First route is operated 6X weekly with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft while last 2 routes are operated daily with Boeing 737-800.
Any competition to Xiamen?
No. On this particular route, no any other airline operate. According to FlightRadar 24, the only airline which has scheduled flights on this route now is Shandong Airlines. The airline operates cargo flights on this route with its Boeing 737 Freighter. This means that Xiamen will not face direct competition on this route.
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Source : CAPA