Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is continuing its expansion into Australia with the launch earlier this week of flights connecting Taiyuan with Sydney via Haikou, giving China’s Shanxi province its first direct route to Australia.
Announced in November last year, the Haikou-Sydney leg of the route actually launched earlier in 2018 with the Taiyuan “tag” destination only being added this week. The service is the latest in the Hainan-based airline’s international expansion over the past few years that has included a number of new routes to Australia, notably Shenzhen-Brisbane, Shenzhen-Cairns, Xi’an-Sydney, Changsha-Sydney, Xi’an-Melbourne and Changsha-Melbourne.
Flights will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A330-300 wide-body aircraft, though frequency on the route is rather light at just two per week. These fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays heading from Taiyuan to Sydney, and on Wednesdays and Fridays on the return leg from Sydney back to Taiyuan.
|HU447||Taiyuan (TYN)||Haikou (HAK)||1130||1440||Tue, Thu|
|HU447||Haikou (HAK)||Sydney (SYD)||1740||0605+1||Tue, Thu|
|HU448||Sydney (SYD)||Haikou (HAK)||0755||1355||Wed, Fri|
|HU448||Haikou (HAK)||Taiyuan (TYN)||1730||2035||Wed, Fri|
Hainan Airlines has two configurations for its A330s – one with an older forward-facing business class seat…