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British Airways is to add an extra frequency to its Heathrow-Shanghai service from March 31.
It means BA will offer a daily service on the route for the first time, and comes ahead of the launch of the carrier’s flights to Chengdu on September 22 this year.
The airline currently flies six times a week from Heathrow to Shanghai with the service operating every day apart from Tuesday.
Jamie Cassidy, BA’s general manager for the Middle East and Asia Pacific, said: “Shanghai is a very important route for British Airways’ customers, especially for those doing business there. We want companies from China to grow and strengthen in the UK market and for British companies in the UK to thrive in China.
“This extra service will allow both countries to strengthen their economic ties and demonstrates the importance of China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence there.”
BA commenced flights to Shanghai in 2005, and operates the route with a Boeing 777 aircraft.
Virgin Atlantic also serves Shanghai from Heathrow using Airbus A340 aircraft, with Air China codesharing on the service, while China Eastern Airlines flies the route with A330 aircraft.