China’s Hainan Airlines has touched down in the UK for the first time, following the launch of a new service to Manchester.
The new Beijing-Manchester route marks not only Hainan Airlines’ first flight to the UK, but also the first service directly linking the city of Manchester with mainland China.
The inaugural flight, which used an aircraft sporting a special “Hai Manchester” livery, took place on Friday 10 June 2016.
Services will now run four times a week, departing Beijing’s Capital International Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 0145 and arriving at Manchester International Airport at 0605. The return flight will leave then Manchester at 1200 and get back into Beijing at 0525 the following day.
Hainan Airlines will deploy its 222-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on the route, with 36 flat-bed seats in business class and 186 seats in economy.