Hainan Airlines prides itself on delivering a quality service, in contrast to the traditional Chinese big three. This focus has led it to be named as one of only 7 SKYTRAX five star airlines for the past 5 years running. Nonetheless it has been constrained in its ambitions by China's one route, one airline policy. Despite this it is gradually building up an impressive international network with its 8th European destination enabling it to say 'Hai Manchester'.
Flight No. Route Departure Arrival
HU7903 Beijing-Manchester 01:45 06:05 Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
HU7904 Manchester-Beijing 12:25 05:50+1 Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
“Today’s inaugural flight with Hainan Airlines is clear evidence of the vital economic role that Manchester Airport plays both nationally and regionally within the UK. Providing a direct link between the two cities unlocks significant trade and investment opportunities, which will serve as a shot in the arm to efforts to create a re-energised Northern economy.”
“We are delighted to commence our direct scheduled service to Manchester. “I am sure the route between Manchester and Beijing will be incredibly popular and we look forward to developing our relationship with the city.”
Sir Richard Leese, Manchester City Council leader, said the service would help Manchester compete on the world stage, while Rhys Whalley, executive director of the Manchester-China Forum, said it was a ‘significant milestone’ for the entire region.
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