British Airways is to introduce flights from Heathrow to Chengdu from September 2013.
The airline will become the first airline to fly between Heathrow and the Chinese city when it starts the three times per week service. Currently BA only flies to Beijing and Shanghai on the Chinese mainland as well as to Hong Kong.
BA is using the slots acquired from its purchase of BMI to introduce more flights to the Far East Seoul was added as a destination earlier this month.
The Chengdu services will start on 22 September 2013, using a Boeing 777 with four cabins including First, Club World and premium economy.
Tickets are on sale for the route from today.
BA is also to add more flights from Heathrow to Amman, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto for summer 2013.