Belgrade Airport welcomed the arrival of Hainan Airlines’ first flight from Beijing on 15 September. The route operates via the carrier’s existing Prague operation. Seen cutting the ribbon in the Serbian capital are: Li Manchang, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia; Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia; Zorana Mihajlović, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, and the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure; and Quan Dong, VP Hainan Airlines.
Seen speaking at the launch of Hainan Airlines’ new route between Shanghai Pudong and Tel Aviv at the latter airport is Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin. Launched 12 September, the airline’s second route to the Israeli city will be flown three times weekly on its 787-9s. The carrier already serves Tel Aviv from Beijing five times weekly.
- Hainan Airlines has commenced two new long-haul routes this week which included the introduction of another European airport to its network. Before that on 12 September the carrier began its second link to Tel Aviv (TLV), starting a three times weekly service to the Israeli city from Shanghai Pudong (PVG). The 7,976-kilometre route, which no other airline currently operates, will be flown on the airline’s 787-9s. This route adds to Hainan Airlines’ existing route to Tel Aviv from Beijing. On 15 September the Chinese carrier welcomed Belgrade (BEG) to its route map, starting a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) link from Beijing (PEK) that operates via its existing Prague operation. The 7,420-kilometre connection to the Serbian capital faces no direct competition and will be flown on the airline’s fleet of A330-300s according to OAG schedules. See how Belgrade Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.