Yi Wang, marketing manager, international business, Hainan Airlines, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the four awards the airline picked up at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016.
VisitBritain has celebrated its milestone partnerships with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip, Alibaba group’s tourism arm, in China. Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain. UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain director Patricia Yates earlier met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip as part of the fourth UK-China People to People Dialogue.
Boeing and Hainan Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. Hainan becomes China’s first operator of both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family. Hainan Airlines, the largest privately owned airline in China, leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.
Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport are set to join forces to sponsor the UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on Sunday, June 5th in Salford Quays. Organised by the Xinhua Chinese Association, the Dragon Boat Festival is a key highlight in the lunar calendar for the Chinese community and is perfectly timed for the start of Hainan Airlines’ new direct service to Manchester from Beijing, which launches on June 10th.
Hainan Airlines is set to hit the road this spring on a whirlwind roadshow, beginning in Stoke on Trent, in advance of its first flight from Manchester to Beijing in June. From there, the Hainan Airlines and Manchester Airport team will be heading to other locations across Yorkshire, the Midlands, the north-east, north-west and London.
Hainan Airlines is looking for a European PR agency to provide strategic and creative consultancy, plus brand development across the eight countries it serves in Europe. Reporting to Hainan Airline’s Brand team based in China, the initial tender process will be managed by the press office at Manchester Airport. Hainan Airlines will begin direct flights from Manchester to Beijing in June this year, making it the only UK airport outside of London with a direct service to China.
It is a very happy Chinese New Year for the UK’s third largest airport, as Hainan Airlines has increased capacity on its Manchester-Beijing route, before it has even launched. Starting on June 10th 2016, Hainan Airlines will fly four times a week to the Chinese capital and has announced this week it will increase capacity on the aircraft, going from an Airbus 330-200, to an Airbus 330-300.
Global air services provider dnata has signed another multi-year agreement with a Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines to provide full ground handling services for the airline’s new flights to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. This is the second Chinese airline customer that dnata has won this year, adding to the contract with Xiamen Air announced earlier in the month.
Hainan Airlines will launch a Beijing-Manchester route in June of 2016, the first nonstop service between the two cities. HNA Group Chairman Chen Feng said: “As a company born in China and now actively expanding into international markets, Hainan Airlines is doing its bit to assure the success of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and has progressively been adding nonstop flights connecting China with Europe over the last few years.”
NetEase, one of China’s leading Internet and online game services providers, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Lede Technology has signed a partnership agreement with HNA Group to form a joint venture company. The new venture will establish an all-new internet travel company. In December 2014, the two companies had signed a strategic framework cooperation agreement to become partners in the sectors of Internet travel and travel finance.
Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec have celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants in China.
As part of a large scale expansion in North America, China’s Hainan Airlines has announced it plans to begin three new non-stop routes between the United States and China. Service will be inaugurated from Silicon Valley’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Beijing on June 15th, from Boston’s Logan Airport to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport on June 20th, and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Shanghai Pudong on June 22nd.