Hainan Airlines has launched direct air service between Shenzhen and Brisbane, the company said.
The roll-out of the new service will not only further expand the Chinese airline´s international route network but also provide passengers travelling between China and Australia with more travel options.
Brisbane, also known as “the City of Sunshine”, is the capital of Queensland, a state in northeast Australia. The launch of the direct service between Shenzhen and Brisbane, two cities that established a sister city relationship in 1992, is expected to facilitate international trade between China and Australia and deepen cultural exchanges between the two countries in addition to promoting the development of the two cities´ tourism sectors.
Hainan Airlines has been named a SKYTRAX five-star airline for seven consecutive years. The airline also has one of the world´s best safety records in that it has not had a major accident in its 24 years of operation, and it was ranked third in airline safety in 2016 by JACDEC, a German airline safety data evaluation firm. With the new service, Hainan Airlines will provide comfortable and safe flying experiences to passengers travelling between China and Australia.
Hainan Airlines has begun flying between Beijing Capital International Airport and Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, the company said.
A celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the maiden flight and was attended by Serbia´s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction Zorana MihajloviÄ, Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang, Hainan Airlines Vice President Quan Dong and executives at several Chinese firms with operations in Serbia as well as a group of important local industry leaders and dignitaries.
In alignment with China´s One Belt, One Road initiative, Hainan Airlines plans to continue expanding its presence outside of its home market, especially across the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, most of which have already established close ties with China, said Quan Dong.
In recent years, Hainan Airlines has made rapid gains in its international reach, with the proportion of revenue attributable to the international segment growing year by year. In the second half of this year, in addition to the Beijing-Prague-Belgrade and Shanghai-Tel Aviv services which are already in operation, Hainan Airlines is scheduled to also launch Shanghai-Brussels, Shenzhen-Brisbane, Chongqing-New York, Chengdu-New York, Shenzhen-Brisbane and Shenzhen-Cairns services as well as several other intercontinental routes, further expanding the carrier´s international network around the globe.