SYDNEY, Dec. 20, 2013 - An Airbus A330 plane of Chinas Sichuan Airlines touches down at the Sydney Airport, Sydney, Australia, Dec. 20, 2013. A Sichuan Airlines A330 passenger plane bound for Sydney departed from Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing Municipality Friday morning, marking the opening of the first direct air route linking western China with the Australian city.

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Staff members and honored guests pose for a group picture before a Sichuan Airlines A330 passenger plane, the first one for the direct air route linking western China with Sydney, Australia, at the airport of southwest Chinas Chongqing Municipality, Dec. 19, 2013. The departure of the plane marked the opening of the first direct air route linking western China with the Australian city. The airline will operate two-way flights twice per week on the route.

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Li Haiying (R), president of Chinas Sichuan Airlines, and Kerrie Mather, CEO of Sydney Airport, cut the cake during a ceremony at the Sydney Airport, Sydney, Australia, Dec. 20, 2013.

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