China-based Hainan Airlines will return to Sydney from later this year as it re-commences non-stop flights to Xi'an, now planned as a year-round service after a successful trial over summer.
Joining that is an all-new Sydney-Changsha route from September 17 2016, with Xi'an flights returning two days earlier on September 15.
Flying to both cities are the airline's Airbus A330-200 aircraft, complete with 36 flatbed seats in business class in a 2-2-2 layout:
“Hainan Airlines’ new Changsha service will provide a direct connection between the capital of China’s Hunan province, home to over 65 million people, and Sydney,” said Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather.
“Hainan Airlines is Sydney Airport’s sixth Chinese mainland airline, making us the world leader for Chinese long haul airlines and connecting Sydney to 10 Chinese cities,” Mather added.
On Thursdays and Sundays, Xi'an-bound passengers on flight HU7994 depart Sydney at 8:20am to reach the Chinese city at 5:55pm local time, while on the return, HU7993 is wheels-up at 5:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a 7:20am Sydney touchdown the following morning.
Changsha flyers on flight HU7998 can insead leave Sydney at 8:20am on Tuesdays and Saturdays ahead of a 4:30pm arrival that same afternoon, with flight HU7997 pushing back at 6:25pm on Mondays and Fridays to reach Sydney at 6:35am the next day.
The news comes just one day after Beijing Capital Airlines announced the launch of Melbourne-Qingdao-Shenyang flights.
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