Touchdown! Hainan Airlines’ A330-200 reaches Sydney on Tuesday morning having left Changsha on Monday evening. There was a cake to celebrate the event, which is the airline’s second service to Sydney. It already serves the Australian metropolis from Xi’an.
- Hainan Airlines on 12 September launched its second route to Australia. The Chinese carrier now connects Changsha (CSX) with Sydney (SYD) twice-weekly using its 250-seat A330-200s. The 7,974-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier. Hainan Airlines already serves Sydney from Xi’an. Flights depart China on Mondays and Fridays arriving in Sydney the following morning. Kerrie Mather, MD & CEO of Sydney Airport, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome another service from Hainan Airlines to Sydney Airport, the world’s leading long-haul airport for Chinese airlines. This new route will significantly boost tourism and trade to Sydney and NSW, bringing an additional 16,600 Chinese visitors and an anticipated $62 million in additional visitor expenditure per year. We’re looking forward to welcoming these new Chinese visitors to Sydney.” Hou Wei, VP Marketing at Hainan Airlines, said: “We are very happy to connect Changsha and Sydney together for the first time. Hainan Airlines has identified Australia as a strategic choice in advancing our growth and development as a global aviation player, and Sydney is Australia’s largest city, economic and tourism hub. We hope that Hainan Airlines will become the choice of an increasing number of travellers around the world, so we are able to contribute more to the promotion of economic and cultural exchanges between China and Australia.” New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed the new Hainan Airlines Changsha to Sydney service and said China is NSW’s largest source of international visitors. “In the year ended June 2016, we saw 639,000 visitors from China travelling to NSW, up 21% on the previous year. China continues to lead NSW’s tourism growth and we look forward to working with Hainan Airlines, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, to promote travel to Sydney and Regional NSW.” According to OAG Schedules Analyser eight airlines offer a total of 104 weekly flights between China and Australia. Only nine of them are flown by Australian carriers (seven by Qantas and two by Jetstar Airways). China Southern Airlines accounts for 45% of seat capacity between the two countries followed by China Eastern Airlines (19%) and Air China (13%). Hainan Airlines currently ranks seventh with just 3% of capacity.