Hainan Airlines plans Melbourne-Xi'an flights

By Chris Chamberlin, August 29 2016
Hainan Airlines plans Melbourne-Xi'an flights

China’s Hainan Airlines will link Melbourne with Xi’an from November as it commences return non-stop flights on two days each week.

Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, guests can stretch out in one of 36 fully-flat business class beds, configured in a 2-2-2 layout…

… the same being flown on the airline’s new Sydney-Xi’an and Sydney-Changsha routes from mid-September.

Read: Hainan returns to Sydney with Xi'an, Changsha flights

From Wednesday November 2, flight HU7902 is wheels-up in Melbourne at 9am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, touching down in Xi’an at 5:30pm that same evening after an 11.5-hour journey.

On the return, HU7901 takes to the skies on Tuesdays and Fridays from November 1, pushing back at 4:30pm for a 7am arrival into Melbourne the following morning.

At the time of writing these flights are not yet open for booking, although do appear in the airline’s latest flight schedules:

The news comes as Hainan Airlines and Virgin Australia move to forge a new strategic partnership on flights between Australia and China, subject to ACCC approval.

Also read: Flying to secondary cities in China: your options explained

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

02 Mar 2015

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So Melbourne will now have more Chinese carriers than SYD when they start flying.

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China Southern (CAN)
China Eastern (PVG)
Air China (PEK, PVG, SZX)
Sichuan Airlines (CTU)
Beijing Capital Airlines (TAO, SHE)
Hainan Airlines (XIY)

I guess so! however QF doesnt fly from MEL to Mainland China and SYD has more destinations served than MEL. There's also a Shanghai Airlines A330 flying in for China Eastern daily so I don't know whats the deal with that. 

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China Airlines too?

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China Airlines is based in Taiwan, so not exactly a mainland chinese carrier of the sorts. But including China Airlines flights to TPE (and CX, QF services to HKG), MEL has quite a large scope in the greater China market!

02 Mar 2013

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Xiamen airlines two weekly to Xiamen as well. 

Makes for some interestingn connecting options to Europe and North America. 

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When will Hainan Airlines be included in the VA's credit-and-mileage-earning list? 


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