Hainan Airlines has launched its first direct flights connecting Beijing to Dubai, twice a week. Sharaf Travel has been appointed as GSA for the airline in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region.Hainan Airline was founded and began operations on 2nd May 1993 in Hainan Province, the largest special economic zone in China. It has a modern fleet of Boeing 737 and 767aircraft, as well as Airbus A330 and A340.
From its original hub at Haikou, Hainan has expanded into seven additional domestic hubs at Beijing, Xi’an, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Dalian. Its International network now includes Seattle, Moscow, Brussels, Berlin, and Budapest and they fly to over 90 cities in China and around the world.
In 2007 Hainan Airlines won the Golden Eagle Award, a civil aviation safety award, and in 2008 was awarded “The best airline of Mainland China” by Skytrax. Also in 2008 it was awarded the “Best Airline in China” award by Global Traveler in their GT-tested reader survey.