Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hainan to add Brisbane from September

Virgin Australia's partner Hainan Airlines is planning to launch non-stop flights between Brisbane and  Shenzhen later this year. After previously listing the new Brisbane-Beijing flights in its booking schedule, Hainan Airlines has now swapped Beijing in favour for Shenzhen, with non-stop flights planned to commence from the 20th September 2017. Flight schedules of the new Brisbane-Shenzhen flights are exactly the same as the original Brisbane-Beijing plans – including the same departure and arrival times, flight durations, weekly schedule, aircraft type, and even the same flight numbers. Passengers cannot yet purchase seats on these flights as the corresponding fare types and availability have not yet been unlocked. If it goes ahead the route will be serviced by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with business class and economy, flights would run twice-weekly in each direction, with the following flight times.
HU411 will depart Shenzhen at 10:35pm on Wednesdays and Sundays arriving in Brisbane  at 9.30am the following morning.

HU412 will depart Brisbane at 11:30am on Mondays and Thursdays to reach Shenzhen at 6:40pm the same evening.

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd. has its headquarters in Haikou, Hainan, People's Republic of China. It is the largest civilian-run air transport company and the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China. Although Hainan Airlines is part of the HNA Group, a part-owner of Virgin Australia, it's not known whether Virgin Australia Velocity members will be able to earn and redeem Velocity points on Hainan Airlines flights, or whether Virgin Australia will even codeshare on these flights.  Hainan Airlines was established in October 1989 as Hainan Province Airlines in Hainan. Hainan Province Airlines became China's first joint-stock air-transport company following a restructuring in January 1993 and began scheduled services on 2 May 1993. In 1996, the provincial airline was renamed Hainan Airlines.

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