Hainan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 has entered into service. The Chinese airline started its A350 operations with flight HU7607 from Beijing to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on October 13.
In total, HNA Group, which is the owner of Hainan Airlines, ordered fifteen Airbus A350 jets. The airline will take delivery of four of them in this year. Some of the aircraft were originally supposed to fly for its subsidiaries Tianjin Airlines and Capital Airlines. However, Hainan Airlines is increasingly focussing on long-haul operations. Therefore, ordered Airbus planes will be transferred to the Hainan Airlines unit.
The first Hainan Airlines A350 was delivered wearing the Capital Airlines livery and repainted shortly after the delivery flight.
Hainan Airlines is the largest civilian-run airline operator in China and the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People’s Republic. Its fleet mainly consists of Airbus A330, Boeing 737 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
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