Beijing Capital Airlines’ Hangzhou – Qingdao – Vancouver
On 30 December the inaugural crew for Beijing Capital Airlines’ first flight from Hangzhou to Vancouver (via Qingdao) assembled on the apron with a route launch banner. Canada joins Australia (Melbourne) and Spain (Madrid) on the carrier’s long-haul network.
The inaugural crew were then greeted by Vancouver Airport’s mascots on arrival in Canada. The tri-city link will be flown by Beijing Capital Airlines three times weekly. This latest launch means that Vancouver is now connected to eight Chinese cities with non-stop service.
- Beijing Capital Airlines has expanded its long-haul network with a new route to Canada. On 30 December the Chinese carrier began three times weekly flights from Hangzhou (HGH) to Vancouver (YVR) via Qingdao (TAO). The Qingdao-Vancouver sector is 8,637 kilometres long making it the airline’s second longest after the 9,151-kilometre route between Chengdu and Madrid. The airline’s only other long-haul route is the 8,591-kilometre route between Qingdao and Melbourne. One of Beijing Capital Airlines’ four A330-200s will be used to operate the new route. Qingdao becomes the eighth Chinese city that can be reached non-stop from Vancouver according to OAG data for early January. The other seven airports are Shanghai Pudong (18 weekly flights), Beijing (14), Guangzhou (seven), Nanjing (three), Xiamen (three), Zhengzhou (two) and Shenyang (one).