Dignitaries gathered at London Heathrow to celebrate the first Shenzhen Airlines flight from Shenzhen on 30 October. John Holland-Kaye, CEO, London Heathrow (sixth left), was among those rolling out the welcome banner. Heathrow’s latest Chinese connection will be operated three times weekly on Shenzhen Airlines’ A330 fleet.
- Shenzhen Airlines commenced its first operations to London Heathrow (LHR) on 30 October, the say it began services from Shenzhen (SZX). The Chinese carrier will serve the 9,588-kilometre connection three times weekly using its A330-300s. There is no direct competition on this airport pair. Shenzhen becomes Heathrow’s 11th destination in China, with the UK hub more than doubling its links to the Asian powerhouse since the turn of the year. “This year, we have focused on strengthening Heathrow’s role as the UK’s gateway for Chinese trade, commerce and tourism,” said Ross Baker, CCO, Heathrow Airport. “While our passengers and exporters will undoubtedly be pleased with our new Shenzhen connection, along with the other routes we have announced this year, we know that in order to achieve true change for our culture and economy we need the additional capacity for cargo and passengers to reach greater benefits. It is the creation of this extra capacity, achieved through Heathrow expansion, that will allow Britain to trade on a truly global platform whilst providing Britain with a front door that is the best connected in the world.”