Hainan Airlines launched flights to Vancouver from Shenzhen on 25 May, a route which operates via Tianjin where a cake cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the new route. The carrier will operate the 10,400-kilometre connection twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays from China, with no direct competition being provided.
- Hainan Airlines launched a new link from Shenzhen (SZX) to Vancouver (YVR) via Tianjin (TSN) on 25 May. The 10,400-kilometre link will be operated twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays from China, with the airline’s 787-8s scheduled to serve the route. There is no direct competition between Shenzhen and Vancouver or between Tianjin and Vancouver. This becomes the first direct route to Canada from either Shenzhen and Tianjin, and is Tianjin’s only link to North America. “We are thrilled to welcome Hainan Airlines to Vancouver. Coinciding with the Canada-China Year of Tourism, the year-round service will further link Canada to two exciting cities in China,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Vancouver now has the most mainland Chinese carriers in North America and, when combined with Air Canada’s existing services to this important market, we are well established as a leading connecting hub between Asia and the Americas.” Yang Fei, GM of Marketing at Hainan Airlines, added: “The Shenzhen-Tianjin-Vancouver service will further enhance Hainan Airlines’ network in Canada. The new route will provide passengers with more travel options and convenience, and facilitate prosperous development between our two countries.” Vancouver becomes Hainan’s third destination in Canada after Calgary and Toronto Pearson.