Hainan Airlines to Launch Beijing-Manchester Route in June of Next Year

MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On the afternoon of October 23(rd), British local time, Hainan Airlines announced in Manchester, UK that the airline will be launching a Beijing-Manchester route in June of 2016. The new route will be the first nonstop service between the two cities.

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Hainan Airlines held a press conference at Manchester Airport on the afternoon of October 23(rd), with Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister David Cameron, HNA Group chairman Chen Feng, Manchester Airports Group chief executive Charlie Cornish, Hainan Airlines president Xie Haoming as well as representatives from government agencies and media organizations in China and the UK in attendance. Hainan Airlines' upcoming Beijing-Manchester route is one of the important achievements during President Xi's visit to the UK. The press conference was the last event attended by President Xi before leaving the country.

HNA Group chairman Chen Feng said at the event, "As a company born in China and now actively expanding into international markets, Hainan Airlines is doing its bit to assure the success of the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and has progressively been adding nonstop flights connecting China with Europe over the last few years. I believe that the Beijing-Manchester route that will be launched will serve to create a new air bridge."

Congratulating Hainan Airlines on the launch of the new route, Manchester Airports Group CEO Charlie Cornish said, "I am honored to witness the launch of Hainan Airlines' Beijing-Manchester route. The new route is expected to inject over 250 million pounds into the UK economy. Manchester Airport is the international gateway to the North of English and an important factor in the country's effort to revitalize the region. Launching of the new route will help the North of England attract more investment from China and make the region significantly more accessible to Chinese businessmen and executives."

The Beijing-Manchester route will be Hainan Airlines' sixth international route following the launch of the Chongqing-Rome, Beijing-San Jose, Shanghai-Boston, Shanghai-Seattle and Beijing-Prague routes earlier this year. The launch of the Beijing-Manchester route will further improve Hainan Airlines' global network. With more international routes on tap to be launched by the airline, travelers from China will find it much easier to visit major cities around the world through Hainan Airlines' network as well as those of its global partners, as well as to be serviced by any of the airports under Manchester Airports Group.

Hainan Airlines' Beijing-Manchester Route Flight Schedule (Note: All departure and arrival times are listed in local time):

Flight Number Point of Departure Departure Time Destination Arrival Time Flights
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HU7903 Beijing 1:45 am Manchester 6:05 am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
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HU7904 Manchester 12:00 noon Beijing 5:25 am next day Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
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About Hainan Airlines:

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., founded in January 1993, is committed to providing passengers with comprehensive and seamless air travel services as one of the world's seven SKYTRAX five-star airlines and one of the world's top 10 safest airlines.

Hainan Airlines has a young luxury fleet mainly composed of Boeing 737s, 787s and Airbus 330s configured for both passenger and cargo flights, providing passengers with premium first class in which each seat is surrounded by dividers assuring the passenger full privacy as well as a newly upgraded spacious and comfortable business class. The airline has, to date, launched over 500 inbound and outbound routes connecting passengers to more than 90 cities around the world, with comprehensive coverage across China and extending into Asia, Europe and North America.

For more information, please visit Hainan Airlines' official global website www.hnair.com [http://www.hnair.com/].

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Hainan Airlines Co., LTD

CONTACT: Lu Ting, +86-898-6673-9807, ting-lv@hnair.com

Web site: http://www.hnair.com/

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