Published on : Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This weekend represented an important moment for both Hainan Airlines and the UK aviation, as the first flight from Manchester to Beijing took off. It was the first direct flight scheduled to leave from an airport other than London.
This historical moment was already announced by the president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, last year, in October.
The new route has a major impact in economy as the four times a week flights will link Manchester and Beijing, creating new trade and tourism opportunities. More, the Manchester-Beijing route is worth at least £250 million in economic benefits to the UK over the next decade.
Transport minister Andrew Jones declared in a press release that: “The new route between Manchester and Beijing is a testament to the strength of the Northern Powerhouse, opening up the North of England to investment while benefitting the many thousands of people who currently travel between the cities each year.”
The four-weekly flights depart on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and will be operated by an Airbus A330-300, with the cabin having 32 business class seats and 260 in economy.
Xie Haoming, president of Hainan Airlines, said: “We are delighted to commence our direct scheduled service to Manchester. Beijing to Manchester’s inaugural outbound and inbound flight load factors has reached over 90 per cent, which is incredibly strong for a new route. A great number of travel agencies expressed their strong interest in working with Hainan Airlines, based upon the new route, which is encouraging for future travel between the two cities. I am sure the route between Manchester and Beijing will be incredibly popular and we look forward to developing our relationship with the city.”
Source:- Hainan airline
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