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Hainan Airlines to Fly Non-Stop Dublin-Beijing

Hainan Airlines to Fly Non-Stop Dublin-Beijing

 Hainan Airlines will begin the first non-stop flights between Dublin and Beijing from next June. The direct route was announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD, who is in Beijing on a St Patrick’s Day visit to China.

The Tánaiste said: “I am delighted that, as of 12th June 2018, Hainan Airlines will commence operating non-stop services between the Chinese capital Beijing and our capital city Dublin. This first ever direct route to mainland China and the first Irish destination in Hainan Airlines’ network is a major achievement that will prove transformational to the bilateral relationship between China and Ireland. I welcome that the new route will also add increased connectivity between Dublin and Edinburgh.

“Efforts to bring about the direct flights have been ongoing for the past four years, both in Dublin and in China, through the work of the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing, Tourism Ireland and the other Irish State agencies.

“Dublin Airport has been in talks with Hainan representatives throughout the period, and has worked as a close-knit team with Tourism Ireland and our officials both here and in Dublin.’

Bao Oifa, Hainan Airlines Chairman, said: “As a 5-star airline and an outstanding representative of Chinese national enterprises, Hainan Airlines actively participates in the One Belt One Road Initiative, and is committed to becoming the forerunner and practitioner of achieving China’s civil aviation power. By continuously expanding and improving our international network, Hainan Airlines is dedicated to bringing more convenience to people’s life. This opening of the first non-stop service from Beijing to Dublin will provide new facilities to stimulate the development of Sino-Irish relations.”

The service will be two flights per week originating in Dublin, with two non-stop to Beijing and two via  Edinburgh to pick up additional passengers, using an A330 aircraft.

Establishing a direct flight with China has been a major objective of Tourism Ireland and will boost the numbers of Chinese visitors to Ireland.

Hainan Airlines is owned by HNA, the aviation leasing  company that took over Irish aircraft leasing company Avolon in 2016. Avolon currently has a fleet of 908 aircraft.

Hainan Airlines Beijing-Dublin-Edinburgh Flight Schedule

Flight No.

Aircraft

Days

Departure City

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Arrival City

HU749

330

Tuesday/Saturday

Beijing

 1:30 am

6:00 am

Edinburgh

HU749

330

Tuesday/Saturday

Edinburgh

 8:00 am

9:10 am

Dublin

HU750

330

Tuesday/Saturday

Dublin

11:10 am

5:00 am +1

Beijing

HU751

330

Thursday/Sunday

Beijing

 1:30 am

6:00 am

Dublin

HU751

330

Thursday/Sunday

Dublin

 8:00 am

9:10 am

Edinburgh

HU752

330

Thursday/Sunday

Edinburgh

11:10 am

5:00 am +1

Beijing

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Michael Flood is an experienced travel expert with over 35 years' experience of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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