First of all, I want to apologise for the lack of posts the last few days. I’ve been away on a family holiday and there was a lack of internet which meant posts were minimal. I’m also working hard on creating the email newsletter so that should be all sorted by the end of the week.
Hainan Airlines has recently announced that they will operate a new service from Shenzhen to Brisbane from September 21st of this year.
The Chinese based airline will operate 2 services into Brisbane every week with an A330-200 aircraft. There hasn’t been a schedule released yet but as soon as I get my hands on it, I’ll update the post.
The A330-200 features 222 seats in a 2 class configuration. The -200 model features 36 flat bed seats in a 2-2-2 config and also 186 standard Economy seats which are in a comfortable 2-4-2 config. The Business seats have a pitch of 74” and a width of 21” while the Economy seats have a pitch of 33” and a width of 19.”
Hainan already operates services to Sydney and Melbourne. This is the third destination for the carrier. Sydney has services from Xi’an & Changsha while Melbourne also has a direct service from Changsha and Xi’an. All services are also run twice weekly so they seem to be continuing on with the pattern.
As for points earning and redeeming, Hainan isn’t partners with Virgin Australia or Qantas but they do however have a brilliant partner in Alaska. You’ll earn 100% AS miles on all B, H, K, L, M, & Y Economy bookings and you’ll also earn 100% on Business Class fares with a 25% or 50% cabin bonus, depending on which fare you purchase.