Launch of new air route set to further strengthen Belgian-Chinese relationship

The Secretary-General of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Achten, conferred the honor of Commander of the Order of the Crown upon Adam Tan, the Vice Chairman and CEO of HNA Group, the company said.

The award which is one of Belgium´s highest honors was granted in recognition of all the efforts and investments the HNA Group has made over the years to establish a strong relationship between China and Belgium. It highlights the recent decision by the Group to launch a new route, between Brussels and Shanghai, on the 46th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Belgium and China.

The Order of the Crown which is awarded by royal decree, is one of Belgium´s highest honors and is awarded for services rendered to the Belgian state, especially for meritorious service in public employment but also for distinguished artistic, literary or scientific achievements or for commercial or industrial services in Belgium.

The Commander is the third highest rank of the Order of the Crown. Notable past recipients of the award are Amélie Nothomb, a Belgian novelist whose books are among the top literary sales and have been translated into several languages, Steven Spielberg who received the award for the movie he made about Tintin, and Flemish actor and comedian Gaston Berghmans.

HNA Group is a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics, and financial services. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island in southern China into a global company with approximately USD 145 billion of assets, more than USD 90 billion in annual revenues, and an international workforce of 410,000 employees, primarily across the Americas, Europe and Asia.