Hainan Air launches Cal­gary-Bei­jing route

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Hainan Air­lines plans to launch the first ever non­stop ser­vice from Cal­gary to Bei­jing this sum­mer. It will be the car­rier’s se­cond Cana­dian route and its first link with western Canada.

Start­ing on June 30, Hainan will op­er­ate a two-class Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner three days a week on Tues­day, Thurs­day, and Satur­day. The flights will be ap­prox­i­mately 12 hours long.

The new flight com­ple­ments the car­rier’s ex­ist­ing non­stop ser­vice be­tween Toronto and Bei­jing, where con­nec­tions can be made to other ma­jor cities in China, such as Shang­hai, Xi’an, Shen­zhen, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Through fares will be of­fered to both Bei­jing and to points be­yond.

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce our lat­est non­stop flight from Cal­gary to Bei­jing. This route will fur­ther en­hance cross cul­tural and eco­nomic ex­changes be­tween China and Canada, and will pro­vide ex­cel­lent ser­vice for our val­ued pas­sen­gers,” said Hou Wei, vice-pres­i­dent of Hainan Air­lines.

“We are thrilled with Hainan Air­lines’ an­nounce­ment of Cal­gary as the new­est in­ter­na­tional desti­na­tion to be served non­stop from Bei­jing,” said Stephan Poirier, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of the Cal­gary Air­port Au­thor­ity. “This new ser­vice con­nects two im­por­tant busi­ness mar­kets, re­in­forces Cal­gary In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best-con­nected air­ports in Canada, and gives vis­i­tors from China un­par­al­leled ac­cess to Canada’s ma­jes­tic Rocky Moun­tains and vast prairies.”

Founded in Jan­uary 1993, Hainan Air­lines has launched over 500 in­bound and out­bound routes con­nect­ing pas­sen­gers to more than 90 cities around the world, with com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age across China and ex­tend­ing into Asia, Europe, Aus­tralia and North Amer­ica.

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