Touchdown in Australia. On 23 December Hainan Airlines’ inaugural flight from Xi’an touched down in Sydney. The twice-weekly service will be flown by the airline’s A330-200s. Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather (third from left) was among those celebrating the airline’s return just before Christmas.
- Hainan Airlines has grown its international network with the addition of three new routes at the end of December. It sees the airline return to Australia, operating a twice-weekly A330-200 service on the 8,787-kilometre route from Xi’an (XIY) to Sydney (SYD). Hainan Airlines previously served Sydney from Shenzhen in 2011 and 2012. The other two routes are both to Tokyo, but to different airports, and will both be operated by the airline’s 737-800s. Kerrie Mather, MD & CEO, Sydney Airport, said: “Sydney Airport is pleased to welcome Hainan Airlines’ twice-weekly service from Xi’an to Sydney, marking our sixth new airline in 2015 and making us the world’s leading airport for Chinese long haul carriers. Hainan Airlines’ arrival is great news for tourism in Sydney and NSW, with an expected $26.5 million in additional annual visitor expenditure. Securing another new Chinese airline for Sydney Airport is testament to our continued work with government and industry partners to provide a positive visitor experience and attract more Chinese visitors to Sydney, our fastest growing inbound visitor market. Hainan Airlines will also provide Sydneysiders with a direct route to the home of the Terracotta Warriors in China.” Hu Yi, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hainan Airlines, said: “We’re glad Hainan Airlines connects world famous and historical Xi’an – the home of the Terracotta Warriors – and Sydney. Hainan Airlines is guided by the objective of being a world-class airline with oriental beauty. Together with our distinct hospitality, we’ll provide passengers with five-star levels of service and a comfortable and safe flight experience.” See how Sydney Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
||Tokyo Haneda (HND)
||Air China (28), All Nippon Airways (14), Japan Airlines (14)
|Tokyo Narita (NRT)
|Source: anna.aero’s New Route Database. OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 5 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies