Two more airlines from China – Xiamen Airlines and Hainan Airlines – are due to begin Australian services within a few weeks. SkyTeam alliance member Xiamen Airlines will use B787 Dreamliners exclusively on the route.
Xiamen Airlines based in Xiamen (also historically known as Amoy) facing the Taiwan Strait. Hainan Airlines is based in China’s southern island of Hainan, on the same latitude as Hawaii.
Xiamen Airlines will mark its Australian debut this month with the launch of non-stop flights between Sydney and Fuzhou and soon after by services between Sydney and Xiamen.
Xiamen Airlines will be Sydney Airport’s fifth mainland Chinese carrier. Hainan Airlines, which will begin service in December using an A330-200 aircraft with 222 seats, will be Sydney Airport’s fifth mainland Chinese carrier.
Full-service carrier Xiamen Airlines will start its five flights per-week service between Sydney and the south-eastern Chinese province of Fujian on 30 November 2015.
“Xiamen Airlines already has one of the youngest fleets amongst international carriers and, with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, we’ve dedicated the most modern and comfortable passenger airliner in the world to our Australian routes,” head of the airline’s Australian operation, Chen Yanghua, said yesterday.
“While our pricing will be competitive, service remains at the core of everything we do. Xiamen Airlines will be the only Chinese carrier to offer First-Class and Business Class seats on all its flights to China.”
Xiamen Airlines’ all B787-8 Dreamliner Sydney-Fuzhou service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at noon and arriving in Fuzhou at 1820 hours.
The Sydney to Xiamen city service begins on the 6 December 2015 twice-weekly on Sundays and Thursdays, departing Sydney at noon and arriving in Xiamen city at 1800 hours.
Hainan Airlines will introduce flights between China and Australia, with non-stop services from Xi’an to Sydney on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2015. Xi’an is located in the northwest of China with a regional population of 8.5 million, and is home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres yesterday described the arrival of Hainan Airlines in Sydney as a huge coup for New South Wales.
“I’m delighted we can confirm another international airline will be flying to Sydney bringing even more visitors to our great state,” he said.
“China is NSW’s largest inbound tourism market with 526,000 Chinese visitors last financial year – an increase of 24% on the previous year. These visitors spent almost AUD 2 billion in NSW and we look forward to welcoming even more international visitors to our great city and the NSW regions over the summer.”
Hainan Airlines flights will run until the peak northern winter season in late March 2016, subject to government approval.
Written by Peter Needham