terça-feira, 29 de novembro de 2016

Hainan Airlines Applies Chengdu-London and Shenzhen-London Services

Hainan Airlines has filed an application with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for permissions to launch three international services to London and Osaka, Japan next year, according to an announcement released Tuesday on the official website of CAAC.

The carrier intends to launch a thrice-weekly service from Chengdu to London starting next January, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft or Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Another London service departing from Shenzhen is also planned to inaugurate in August of 2017, using A330-200 or B787 aircraft. The service will be operated three times a week.

Furthermore, the Haikou-based airline plans to launch a four-time-weekly service from East China's Hangzhou to Sapporo, Japan from this December, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The Air Transportation Department of CAAC is soliciting public comments on the applications until 5:00 p.m. on December 2, 2016.

Last month British Airways announced to suspend its Chengdu-London (Heathrow) service (BA88/BA89) from January 13, 2017 because operating this route is "not commercially viable". If Hainan Airlines acquires this route slot successfully, passengers and tourists traveling between Chengdu and London will not be influenced by British Airways' suspension.

Winnie Lu, China Aviation Daily

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