China Eastern Airlines launched flights between Xi’an and Madrid on 11 December, a route it will operate twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays). Pictured at the launch celebration in Madrid are: Caroline Tensi, Connectivity Manager. Madrid Destino, Madrid City Council; Antonio de la Morena, Head of Operational Planning, Strategy and Services to Tourism Sector, Tourespaña; Elena Mayoral, Director General, Madrid Airport; Dongming Qi, Director General, China Eastern Airlines in Madrid; and Wang Yingqi, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Spain.
- China Eastern Airlines launched its latest route between China and Europe on 11 December, with the carrier beginning flights from Xi’an (XIY) to Madrid (MAD). The airline will operate the 9,178-kilometre route twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) using its fleet of A330-200s according to OAG schedules, with no other airline currently connecting the two cities. Xi’an becomes the second city in China to be linked to Madrid by China Eastern, with the SkyTeam carrier already offering a twice-weekly operation from Shanghai Pudong. Along with China Eastern, Air China (from Beijing), Hainan Airlines (Shenzhen) and Beijing Capital Airlines (Chengdu) are the other three Chinese airlines which serve Madrid this winter, while Iberia also links the Spanish capital with Shanghai Pudong. The European airport is also served by Cathay Pacific Airways from Hong Kong.