Sichuan Airlines to fly between Chengdu and Auckland
Sichuan Airlines will start flying between Chengdu and Auckland from June this year.
The service will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using an A330-200 aircraft with direct flights taking 13 hours.
Sichuan Airlines is expected to add 81,000 seats a year to and from China.
Sichuan, which was founded in 1986 and flies some 215 routes, is one of four Chinese airlines to have announced new services to New Zealand in recent months.
Hong Kong Airlines, Hainian Airlines and Tianjin Airlines all launched new services to Auckland late last year.
China's three major international carriers - Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern - already service New Zealand.