Cutting the celebratory ribbon at Calgary Airport on 30 June for the launch of Hainan Airlines’s arrival from Beijing were: The Honourable Deron Bilous, Alberta Minister of Economic Development and Trade; His Worship, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Mr. Wang Xinping, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary; Mr. Hou Wei, VP, Hainan Airlines; and Mr. Stephan Poirier, SVP and CCO for The Calgary Airport Authority. There was also a special route launch cake for passengers on the inaugural flight.
- Hainan Airlines on 30 June became the first carrier to offer non-stop flights to China from Calgary (YYC) with the launch of thrice-weekly flights to Beijing (PEK). The 8,747-kilometre route will initially be operated by the airline’s A330-200s though 787-8s are expected to take over the service in August. Stephan Poirier, SVP and CCO for The Calgary Airport Authority, said: “This new service – the result of a close collaboration involving a dedicated team of airport, tourism and government partners over many years – opens our region up to a huge global market. This new non-stop service not only provides travellers here with direct service from Calgary to China, but represents a significant amount of tourism revenue and other economic benefits to the province of Alberta.” Mr. Hou Wei, VP, Hainan Airlines, said: “We are delighted to announce our latest non-stop flight from Calgary to Beijing. Calgary is the second city in Canada that Hainan Airlines will serve, having launched Toronto to Beijing in 2010. This route will further enhance cross cultural and economic exchanges between China and Canada, and will provide excellent service for our valued passengers.”