HAINAN Airlines is making an aggressive push into Europe, with plans revealed by the carrier to add four new long-haul routes, staggered to begin from Mar-Dec.
According to HU’s proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority of China, the codeshare partner of Virgin Australia (to New Zealand) will offer thrice weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner services on the Changsha-London route from Mar.
From Jun, Hainan Airlines wants to commence a triangular service between Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin, operating twice weekly using Airbus A330s and 787s, coupled with a reverse service using the same frequency and aircraft combination.
In Dec, HU also intends on flying thrice weekly from Guangzhou to Manchester using 787s.
Hainan Airlines currently operates six routes between China and Australia to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.