Auckland Airport welcomed Tianjin’s first direct service from Xi’an on 30 December with a water arch salute. The 10,664-kilometre airport pair will operate weekly (Saturdays) on A330-200s. The service, which originates in Tianjin, is the airline’s second route to Auckland from China after Chongqing, a route that also originates in Tianjin.
- Tianjin Airlines began direct flights between Xi’an (XIY) and Auckland (AKL) on 30 December. The 10,466-kilometre sector will operate weekly (Saturdays) by A330-200s facing no direct competition. The service, which originates in Tianjin, is the airline’s second non-stop link from China to Auckland. The carrier already operates to New Zealand’s largest city twice-weekly from Chongqing, a service that also originates from Tianjin. OAG schedules for the week commencing 2 January show that the service from Tianjin to Auckland via Xi’an takes 16 hours and 35 minutes, one hour less than the existing route via Chongqing. The link that was inaugurated just before the New Year is currently scheduled to operate up until 17 March.