Ni Hao! Shan­dong en­tices In­dian agents

Shan­dong Air­lines re­cently took In­dian agents to the Shan­dong prov­ince in China to show­case its tourism prod­ucts, chart a growth path and strengthen re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

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For Wang Shuai, Gen­eral Rep­re­sen­ta­tive-In­dia, Shan­dong Air­lines, In­dia re­mains a cru­cial mar­ket since there are a lot of trade re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. “Shan­dong Air­lines opened its In­dia-China flight from Novem­ber 2015, op­er­at­ing four flights per week from Shan­dong via Kun­ming to Delhi. Now, Shan­dong Air­lines has more than 100 air­craft, with its ma­jor­ity mar­ket be­ing the do­mes­tic mar­ket in China,” he said.

How­ever, now they are ex­pand­ing in other mar­kets as well, in­clud­ing In­dia. In or­der to make it­self more vis­i­ble, the air­line or­gan­ised a Fam trip of In­dian agents to the re­gion re­cently. “This is the first trip of In­dian agents to Shan­dong. While many agents have trav­elled to other parts of China like Bei­jing and Shang­hai, they do not know much about Shan­dong prov­ince. Hence, we want to in­tro­duce more beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tions for In­dian peo­ple, es­pe­cially when we have great con­nec­tiv­ity flights to Shan­dong,” he added.

He in­sisted that the In­dian mar­ket is im­por­tant for them. “It is the fifth im­por­tant coun­try we op­er­ate in­ter­na­tional flights to, es­pe­cially when China and In­dia are world’s big­gest coun­tries in terms of pop­u­la­tion and grow­ing economies. While there are not many peo­ple trav­el­ling be­tween these two coun­tries, but in the near fu­ture, we’d have more com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels open be­tween In­dia and China,” he added.

Ex­plain­ing the de­mo­graph­ics on Shan­dong Air­lines, Shuai re­vealed that on their Delhi-Shan­dong flights, 60 per cent pas­sen­gers are Chi­nese while the rest are In­di­ans. “Not many In­di­ans come to visit China for leisure, be­cause there are only a few pro­mo­tions in the In­dian mar­ket and not many In­di­ans know Shan­dong,” he said.

Talk­ing of the growth plan, Shuai re­vealed that ow­ing to lim­ited bi­lat­er­als, they can­not have more flights in In­dia. How­ever, he said, “We have co­op­er­a­tion with Vis­tara in In­dia, which would al­low pas­sen­gers on Shan­dong Air­lines to go to Mum­bai and Ben­galuru from Delhi and vice versa. Those trav­el­ling from Delhi to Ji­nan can also take fur­ther con­nec­tions to Shang­hai or Bei­jing on our do­mes­tic net­work. Also, we are book­ing two wide-bod­ied air­craft, which we can get on the Delhi route, de­pend­ing on the mar­ket.”

Shuai said that Shan­dong Air­lines do most of their pro­mo­tions with Air China group. “Also, we have very good re­la­tions with China Na­tional Tourist Of­fice in New Delhi, which gives us nec­es­sary help to pro­mote the coun­try to­gether and sup­port each other in mak­ing new pack­ages,” he claimed.

Those trav­el­ling from Delhi to Ji­nan can also take fur­ther con­nec­tions to Shang­hai or Bei­jing on our do­mes­tic net­work. Also, we are book­ing two wide-bod­ied air­craft, which we can get on the Delhi route, de­pend­ing on the mar­ket

Wang Shuai Gen­eral Rep­re­sen­ta­tive-In­dia Shan­dong Air­lines

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