British Airways is to launch its new services from London Heathrow to Shanghai in China on June 1, 2005. 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.”
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.
British Airways will fly five times a week from London Heathrow to Shanghai on a Boeing 777 aircraft. 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.