Hainan Airlines plans Melbourne-Xi'an flights

China´s Hainan Airlines has reported it plans to link Melbourne with Xi´an with non-stop flight service two days each week, beginning in November, the company said.

The company said the service will use an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, also used on the airline´s new Sydney-Xi´an and Sydney-Changsha routes that begin in mid-September.

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.

Hainan Airlines Company Limited is an airline headquartered in Haikou, Hainan, People´s Republic of China.