terça-feira, 14 de junho de 2016

Tianjin Airlines Launches First Long-Haul Flight

Tianjin Airlines launched its first ever long-haul flight on June 13, with the once weekly service to Moscow.

Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of HNA Group, launched its first ever long-haul flights, with a full-loaded Airbus A330 touching down at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on Monday evening.

The carrier operates weekly nonstop flights between Tianjin and the Russian capital, with departures every Monday.

The outbound flight GS7955 is scheduled to depart from Tianjin Binhai International Airport at 4:00 p.m. and arrive at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport at 7:30 p.m.; while the return flight GS7956 will leave Moscow at 9:10 p.m. on the same day and return to Tianjin at 9:30 a.m. the next morning (all local time).

Tianjin Airlines' A330-200 aircraft will serve the long-haul flight, which is equipped with 260 seats, including 18 in business class and 242 in economy class. All passengers will offer offered seat-back in-flight entertainment.

On June 25, the airline will launch another new long-haul service from Tianjin to London via Chongqing.

The Tianjin-based carrier currently operates 89 aircraft, serving cities in China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. In 2016, the airline will add 15 aircraft to its fleet, three of which will be A330s.

Over the next five years, Tianjin Airlines plans to introduce at least 10 A330s, which will help expand its international long-haul network, said Liu Lu, president of the company. The type, together with A350s and A320s, will form the core of its fleet going forward. By 2025, Tianjin Airlines is expected to own a fleet of 127 aircraft.

As its fleet expands, Tianjin Airlines will continue to boost its network expansion with more international destinations, including London, Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne and Ulan Bator.
By Lena Ge, China Aviation Daily

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