Hainan Airlines introduced Vienna to its network on 20 October, launching a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) service from Shenzhen. Pictured at the launch in the Austrian capital were: Jiu Jinchun, VP Hainan Airlines; Li Xiaosi, Chinese Ambassador to Austria; and Julian Jäger, COO of Vienna Airport. The Austrian gateway also baked an impressive cake to welcome the arrival of the Chinese carrier. The route will face no direct competition.
Hainan Airlines opened flights from Chongqing to Chicago O’Hare and Toronto Pearson this week, with both city pairs operating via the airline’s existing links to the North American airports from Beijing. To celebrate the opening of flights, the airline held a small celebration at Chongqing Airport which included games and giveaways.
- Hainan Airlines has become the second Chinese carrier, after Air China, to offer flights from its home market to Vienna (VIE), with the carrier inaugurating a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service to the Austrian capital from Shenzhen (SZX). Launched 20 October, the airline will operate the 8,661-kilometre route using its fleet of 787-8s, with no other airline linking the two airports with non-stop flights. Along with this service, Air China offers a three times weekly link from Beijing to Vienna, while Austrian Airlines offers a five times weekly service from its home base to both the Chinese capital and Shanghai Pudong. Along with opening of flights to Vienna, Hainan Airlines also expanded its route offering to North America this week, with it linking Chongqing (CKG) with Chicago O’Hare (ORD) three times weekly and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) four times weekly. Both routes have been added as tag-on services to the carrier’s existing flights to the US and Canadian airports from Beijing, with the rotations becoming operational on 16 and 17 October respectively. Neither 12,019- or 12,020-kilometre sectors are served direct by other operators, with both routes flown using Hainan Airlines’ fleet of 787-9s.