Hainan Airlines touched down at Ekaterinburg in Russia on 10 October. The airline has launched twice-weekly flights on the 4,377-kilometre route using its A330-200s. Competition is provided by Ural Airlines’ thrice-weekly flights.
- Hainan Airlines has further expanded its international network from Beijing (PEK) with the launch on 10 October of twice-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Fridays) to Ekaterinburg (SVX) in Russia. The airline will operate the 4,377-kilometre route with its A330-200s and will face competition from Ural Airlines’ thrice-weekly service. This raises to 15 the number of international destinations served by Hainan Airlines from China’s busiest airport. Four cities in North America are served, as well as Berlin and Brussels in Western Europe. Ekaterinburg becomes the airline’s fourth destination in Russia as it already serves Irkutsk, Moscow Sheremetyevo and St Petersburg, all with twice-weekly flights.