Following the touchdown of the inaugural Tianjin Airlines flight from Hohhet, the aircraft’s crew were greeted by airport ground staff presenting a large banner welcoming them to Moscow Sheremetyevo, including Alexander Nikonov (left), Head of Foreign Airlines Division at the Russian airport.
- Tianjin Airlines continues its significant expansion of late with the launch of operations between Hohhet (HET) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on 8 July, utilising a 260-seat A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration. The 5,448-kilometre route operates on Sundays, departing Hohhet at 11:00 and arriving in Moscow at 14:05. The return leg leaves the Russian capital city at 16:20, landing in back in China at 04:45 the following day. There are currently no other carriers operating on this city pair, although Tianjin has served Moscow since 2017 from its Chongqing and Tianjin hubs. According to the Sheremetyevo website, the airport is Russia’s largest international hub, serving 300 destinations and operating 14 routes to China, handled by eight Chinese carriers. The Russian hub carried 40 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 18% from the previous year.