Hainan Airlines makes it to Manchester

Hainan Airlines Beijing to Manchester

Hainan Airlines Beijing to Manchester

Hainan Airlines’ inaugural service to Manchester was met with rain when it arrived in the UK on 10 June. Fortunately, it had dried by the time Charlie Cornish, CEO, MAG and Xie Haoming, President, Hainan Airlines came to mark the launch of the new route on the apron with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Back in the nice, warm terminal there was a fantastic cake. Helping Xie Haoming to cut the cake was Ken O’Toole, CEO, Manchester Airport. Manchester becomes the Chinese carrier’s eighth destination in Europe and first in the UK.

  • Hainan Airlines on 10 June launched the first non-stop service between China and a UK airport outside of London when it began four times weekly flights between Beijing (PEK) and Manchester (MAN). The 8,089-kilometre route, announced last October by the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, will be flown by the airline’s two-class, 292-seat A330-300s. Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “Today’s inaugural flight with Hainan Airlines is clear evidence of the vital economic role that Manchester Airport plays both nationally and regionally within the UK. Providing a direct link between the two cities unlocks significant trade and investment opportunities, which will serve as a shot in the arm to efforts to create a re-energised Northern economy. This direct route will also have a significant impact on inbound tourism across the whole of the North. And the early indications are good, with summer load factors currently averaging out at more than 80%. Finally, it will also deliver a boost to universities, both in terms of providing a vital service for Chinese students and their families, and when it comes to finding commercial applications for the world-leading research being carried out by these institutions.” Xie Haoming, President of Hainan Airlines, said: “We are delighted to commence our direct scheduled service to Manchester. Beijing to Manchester’s inaugural outbound and inbound flight load factors have reached over 90%, which is incredibly strong for a new route. A great number of travel agencies expressed their strong interest in working with Hainan Airlines, based upon the new route, which is encouraging for future travel between the two cities. With the ‘Golden Age’ of travel starting between China and the UK, it is foreseeable that the market between the two countries is entering a prosperous period. I am sure the route between Manchester and Beijing will be incredibly popular and we look forward to developing our relationship with the city.” Manchester becomes Hainan Airlines’ eighth European destination; the others being Berlin Tegel, Brussels, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Paris CDG, Prague, Rome Fiumicino and St. Petersburg.

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