Hainan Airlines heads for Europe and Mexico at start of S18

Brussels Airport held a special ceremony to welcome the arrival of Hainan Airlines’ first flight from Shenzhen on 20 March. Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport; Xing Qu, Chinese Ambassador to Belgium; and Olivier Yang, Country Manager, Hainan Airlines marked the event by performing ceremonial ribbon and cake cuttings. The new link will be operated twice-weekly by 787-8s and becomes the third direct Chinese destination served from Brussels by Hainan Airlines after Beijing and Shanghai Pudong.

Among those celebrating the arrival of Hainan Airlines’ first service from Shenzhen at Madrid Airport, with a specially-baked cake on 22 March, were Lyu Fan, the Ambassador of China in Spain (centre), and Elena Mayoral, Director Madrid Airport (second from right). The Chinese carrier will operate this 10,466-kilometre sector twice-weekly and faces no direct competition. This route becomes the ninth Asian destination served from Madrid.

There was also an event at Beijing to mark Hainan Airlines’ first links to Mexico, with the celebrations including the obligatory route launch cake. Three times weekly services to Mexcio City and Tijuana commenced on 21 March with the Mexican capital served indirectly via the latter airport. Hainan Airlines faces no direct competition on either route.

  • Hainan Airlines has commenced five new links in time for summer, beginning three services to Europe and its first two services to Mexico. Four of the airline’s new airport pairs are direct services, but the Beijing (PEK) to Mexico City (MEX) link will operate via Tijuana (TIJ). At 12,538 kilometres, the indirect Mexico City sector is the longest of the five new routes. The shortest of the new sectors is the 9,049-kilometre link from Changsha (CSX) to London Heathrow (LHR). The average route length of the four direct connections is 9,770 kilometres. Frequencies on the five airport pairs vary from two to three per week. Vote for either Beijing, Brussels or Madrid’s cake in this week’s Cake of the Week Public Vote
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
20-Mar Shenzhen (SZX) Brussels (BRU) B788 (2)  
21-Mar Beijing (PEK) Mexico City (MEX) B788 (3)  
Tijuana (TIJ) B788 (3)  
22-Mar Shenzhen (SZX) Madrid (MAD) B788 (2)  
23-Mar Changsha (CSX) London Heathrow (LHR) B788 (3)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 27 March 2018. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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