New business class for Hainan Airlines' Airbus A330s

By David Flynn, November 26 2017

IN BRIEF| Virgin Australia's Chinese partner Hainan Airlines is embarking on a business class upgrade for its new Airbus A330 and Boeing 787-9 fleet.

11 factory-fresh A330-300 jets, due to begin flying this month, will introduce a new business class seat boasting more room than the current A330 cribs.

Hainan Airlines' new Airbus A330-300 business class

Look familiar? It's based on the well-regarded B/E Aerospace Super Diamond design seen in Virgin Australia's current Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 business class...

Virgin Australia's Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 business class

... as well as Qatar Airways' pre-Qsuite business class.

Qatar Airways' Airbus A350, Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 business class

Hainan's colour scheme predictably plays up the red palette which the Chinese associate with happiness, success and good fortune, while the overall cabin also offers consistency with the new Boeing 787-9 business class unveilled earlier this year.

Hainan Airlines' new Boeing 787-9 business class

Hainan Airlines' new Boeing 787-9 business class

While Hainan Airlines' current Airbus A330-300 business class (shown below) also has a 1-2-1 layout and fully-flat beds, it employs a dated design with less personal space around the seat, while also making it more difficult for passengers next to the window to get to the aisle.

Hainan Airlines' current Airbus A330-300 business class

The new A330-300 seats also sport a 15.4" video screen and with a 'second screen' controller, and handy storage cubbies under the side table and armrest.

Hainan Airlines flies to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with Cairns to follow in December; members of Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme can earn Velocity points and status credits on Hainan Airlines flights.


David Flynn

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.



05 Jul 2014

Total posts 6

That is a good news.Hainan delivers an outstanding inflight service and is definitely a great company seriously competing with the biggest names in the market.

However it is high time they change their hard product on MEL-XIY or even XIY-CDG: to my knowledge they are still running A300-200 on these routes with a 2-2-2 config in business.

Are they going to be replaced by the brand new 330 described in this article? Anybody knows?

In addition, it would be great if Hainan would allow to check baggage in MEL all the way through the final destination when connecting in Xi'An. At the moment I am afraid it is not possible and it is a real hassle.



10 Aug 2015

Total posts 130

Brisbane are getting these from 4 Jan 18 year round

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