Hou Wei, VP Hainan Airlines; Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport; Charles Michel, Belgian Prime Minster; Kris Peerters, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister; and Qu Xing, Chinese Ambassador to Belgium were among the dignitaries celebrating the launch of Hainan Airlines’ route from Shanghai Pudong to Brussels on 25 October.
- Hainan Airlines began services from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Brussels on 25 October, and from Chengdu (CTU) to New York JFK (JFK) and Shenzen (SZX) to Luang Prabang (LPQ) on the following day. None of the three routes faces any direct competition. anna.aero joined the celebrations at Brussels Airport on 25 October and witnessed the departure of the first flight on the 9,020-kilometre sector to Shanghai Pudong. This service will operate twice-weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The 12,088-kilometre Chengdu-JFK sector will be flown three times per week. The Brussels and New York JFK links will be operated by 787-9s, while the 1224-kilometre Shenzen-Luang Prabang route will be flown by 737-800s twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). anna.aero recently examined Hainan Airlines capacity growth over the past 10 years, including its increase in international seats.