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.
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.
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