Air China intends to launch the first direct service between Sydney and Chengdu next year.
The airline has applied to Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for permission to operate the new route, which would mark the latest in a series Chinese links for Sydney.
Last month, Xiamen Airlines launched new flights from Xiamen and Fuzhou to Sydney, this week Hainan Airlines will start flying from Xi’an to the Australian city, and next month China Southern Airlines will link Sydney with Shenzhen.
But Air China’s planned service from Sichuan’s capital, Chengdu, would mark the first direct link to Sydney from southwest China. Sichuan Airlines however, already flies direct from Chengdu to Melbourne.
If approved, flights will get underway in June 2016 and will operate daily using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Air China has established the Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport as a regional hub, and already flies direct from the city to destinations including Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore, Colombo and Tokyo.