Early morning arrival of Hainan Airlines’ flight from Beijing to Abu Dhabi was welcomed with traditional water cannon salute. The airline’s COM, Hou Wei, said: “We’re glad to work with ADAC on the new operation. I believe that expanding our network to Abu Dhabi will be a strategic step for Hainan Airlines.”
- Hainan Airlines inaugurated services on the route from Beijing (PEK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) en route to Luanda, the capital of Angola in western Africa, on 3 December. Twice-weekly service will operate via with B767 equipment. Hainan Airlines will see competition from Etihad’s daily service from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, as well as from the weekly non-stop service from Luanda to the Chinese capital provided by TAAG of Angola. Hainan Airlines introduces Abu Dhabi as new destination in replacement of Dubai, which it also served with twice-weekly services until end of November.