Celebrating the arrival out on the apron of Hainan Airlines’s inaugural flight from Xi’an to Melbourne are: Susan Su, Business Development Manager-China, Melbourne Airport; Gang Ma, Deputy Director International Division, Hainan Airlines; Changrong Wei, Safety Director, Hainan Airlines; Katie Cooper, Head of Aviation Operations, Melbourne Airport; Peng Zhao, Senior Manager of Xi’an base, Hainan Airlines; Nan Ren, GM Australia, Hainan Airlines; and Stephen Butler, Airport Manager. Hainan Airlines now operates four routes between Australia and China, linking both Changsha and Xi’an with both Melbourne and Sydney, with all routes operating twice-weekly.
- Hainan Airlines has added Melbourne (MEL) to its growing international network with the launch of not one but two new routes. On 8 November the carrier began a twice-weekly service (Tuesdays and Fridays) on the 8,835-kilometre route from Xi’an (XIY). The following day it began a twice-weekly service (Wednesdays and Sundays) on the 8,024-kilometre route from Changsha (CSX). Neither route faces any direct competition. Both routes will be operated by the carrier’s A330-200s. Hainan Airlines already serves Sydney from both Changsha and Xi’an. Simon Gandy, Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hainan Airlines to our family at Melbourne Airport. With sustained growth in the Chinese market, we’re thrilled to now have direct services from Victoria to nine cities in mainland China for all our travellers. Hainan Airlines becomes the seventh Chinese carrier to fly direct to our wonderful city. This is a great testament to just how attractive Victoria is as a destination for international travellers. As the third Chinese carrier to be announced in 2016, Hainan Airlines will also offer new opportunities for travel-loving Victorians to explore even more of what China has to offer, with direct flights to some of China’s most iconic destination cities.”