Tianjin Airlines welcomes Auckland aircraft

China’s Tianjin Airlines has taken delivery of its second long-haul aircraft, ahead of the launch of its inaugural flights to Auckland this month.

The new Airbus A330-200 aircraft arrived on 14 December 2016 and will embark on its first flight from Tianjin to Auckland, via Chongqing, on 21 December. The twin-aisle jet comes equipped with 260 seats – 18 in business class and 242 in economy.

Auckland will become Tianjin Airlines’ third long-haul destination following Moscow and London. The carrier now plans to build a fleet of 10 A330s by end of 2020, enabling the launch of new services to destinations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Paris and Melbourne.

The new A330 at Tianjin's Binhai International Airport
The new A330 at Tianjin’s Binhai International Airport
The pilots of the new A330 give their approval
The pilots of the new A330 give their approval
Tianjin Airlines officials celebrate the arrival of the A330
Tianjin Airlines officials celebrate the arrival of the A330
All passengers will be offered seat back in-flight entertainment
All passengers will be offered seat back in-flight entertainment
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