Beijing Capital Airlines launches first Australian route

Beijing Capital Airlines used an A330-200 to start its first service to Australia on 29 September. The 8,591-kilometre sector from Qingdao to Melbourne is the airline’s second longest route after its 10,261-kilometre service from Hangzhou to Madrid, which launched last December. Celebrating the arrival of the first flight with an impressive cake were: Simon Gandy, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport; Mr Xu Jun, CEO of Capital Airlines; Lyell Strambi, CEO, Melbourne Airport; Mr Bai Minjie, VP, Capital Airlines; and Mr Hong Qiyue, Director of Maintenance Engineering Department of Capital Airlines. (Photos: SDP Media)

  • Beijing Capital Airlines has added Australia to its network coverage with the introduction on 29 September of a thrice-weekly service from Shenyang (SHE) to Melbourne (MEL) via Qingdao (TAO). The route will be operated by one of the airline’s A330-200s and faces no direct competition. The carrier, which is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, now serves 13 destinations outside of China in eight countries. However, none of the 15 international routes it operates are served with more than thrice-weekly frequencies. Beijing Capital Airlines joins Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines in serving Melbourne. Lyell Strambi, CEO of Melbourne Airport, said: “It is my great pleasure to welcome the arrival of Beijing Capital Airlines to Australia and to Victoria today. Servicing the cities of Shenyang and Qingdao, Beijing Capital Airlines will provide new and exciting travel destinations for Victoria and also continue to grow our relationship with China, the success of which is evident in the number of passengers that visit our state each year.”

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