Pictured at the launch of Aigle Azur’s first departure to Beijing from Paris Orly were: Liu Jichun, VP Marketing, Hainan Airlines; Tiago Martins, Sales & Marketing Director, Aigle Azur; Gérard Houa, President, France China Foundation; and Frantz Yvelin, CEO, Aigle Azur. A cake was also baked to mark the route inauguration.
- Aigle Azur launched year-round services between Paris Orly (ORY) and Beijing (PEK) on 5 September. The 8,217-kilometre service will be operated three times weekly using the carrier’s mixed fleet of A330-200s and -300s, with Hainan Airlines’ brand being on the route under a code-share agreement with the French operator. This latest service is the second code-share flight launched by Hainan Airlines and Aigle Azur, following the roll-out of their shared Xi’an to Paris CDG route which began on 3 September 2014, and still operates today on a three times weekly basis using Hainan Airlines’ fleet of A330-200s. Outbound flights on the new service from Orly to Beijing will depart France on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 13:45, touching down in Beijing at 06:30 the following morning. The return leg leaves the Chinese capital at 09:10, arriving back in Paris at 15:20 the same day. According to OAG Schedules Analyser data, no other carrier currently operates between Paris Orly and Beijing, however Air China and Air France operate twice-daily services to the Asian mega-hub from Paris CDG.