China’s Hainan Airlines will launch its first ever flights to Australia next month, with the launch of two all-new routes to Sydney within the space of three days.
On 12 September 2016, the airline will commence a new service linking Sydney with Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. Flights will operate twice a week, departing Changsha’s Huanghua International Airport every Monday and Friday and returning from Sydney the next morning.
Then on 14 September, the carrier will launch twice weekly flights between Sydney and Xi’an, the ancient city which is the home of the Terracotta Warriors. Flights will depart Xian’s Xianyang International Airport every Wednesday and Sunday and return the next day.
Hainan Airlines will deploy a 260-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on both routes, configured with 18 flat-bed seats in business class and 242 seats in economy.
Both routes become new city pairs, and also mark Hainan Airlines’ entry into the Australian market. It becomes the sixth Chinese airline to fly Down Under, following Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.