Capital Airlines, HNA Group’s Beijing-based carrier, has announced plans to start flying to North America for the first time.
On 30 December 2016, the airline will commence services from Hangzhou to Vancouver, via Qingdao. Flights will run three times a week (every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) using a 222-seat, two-class Airbus A330 aircraft.
The launch will cement Vancouver’s position as the most popular long-haul destination for Chinese airlines. Capital Airlines will join Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines in flying from mainland China to Vancouver, while Cathay Pacific, China Airlines and EVA Air also serve the Canadian hub from Hong Kong or Taiwan.
The North American launch marks the latest phase in Capital Airlines’ long-haul expansion strategy; the airline started flying to Europe in 2015 and is also planning to commence services to Australia in future.