There were celebrations at Paris CDG on 19 December to mark the launch of Hainan Airlines’ new route from Chongqing. The launch ceremony included a cake cutting by the assembled dignitaries. Two days later the Chinese carrier added another link to Paris, this time from Shenzhen.
- Hainan Airlines launched three new routes in late December, commencing operations from Chongqing (CKG) and Shenzhen (SZX) to Paris CDG (CDG) on 19 and 21 December respectively, before adding a link between Xi’an (XIY) and Los Angeles (LAX) on 31 December. There is no incumbent competition on any of the three routes, which will all be served twice-weekly. The 8,489-kilometre connection between Chongqing and CDG will be flown by 787-8s on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the 9,551-kilometre sector from Shenzhen to the French capital will operate on 787-9s on Mondays and Fridays. The 10,960- kilometre Xi’an – Los Angeles route will be served by 787-8s on Mondays and Thursdays. These new routes mean that Hainan Airlines currently offers flights to Los Angeles and CDG from four and three Chinese airports respectively. See how the FTWA from Paris CDG for the inaugural flight from Chongqing compared to others from around the globe.