Hainan Inaugural Changshu-Sydney Service

By Grahame Hutchison on Tuesday, 13th September 2016

It was an early 0635L touchdown for Hainan Airline's new Changshu-Sydney service, using the same aircraft that inaugurated their Xi’an-Sydney service back on 24th December 2015. Airline Representatives and Media were alongside the Runway for the touchdown, which was spectacular as always close up, and then moved to the International 3 Apron as the aircraft taxied to Terminal 1 Gate 35. Once the Hainan Airline's officials and Chinese Media had cleared customs, the Sydney Airport Corporation hosted a Media Conference to officially welcome Hainan Airlines back to Sydney.


Sydney Airport Media Release

Hainan Airlines’ new service from Changsha touched down for the first time at Sydney Airport this morning, marking a new route for the airport. The twice-weekly service is operated by an A330-200 aircraft with 250 seats.

“We’re thrilled to welcome another service from Hainan Airlines to Sydney Airport, the world’s leading long haul airport for Chinese airlines,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said. “This new route will significantly boost tourism and trade to Sydney and NSW, bringing an additional 16,600 Chinese visitors and an anticipated $62 million in additional visitor expenditure per year. “We’re looking forward to welcoming these new Chinese visitors to Sydney.” Hainan Airlines Vice President of Marketing Hou Wei said the airline was delighted to expand its Sydney footprint. “We are very happy to connect Changsha and Sydney together for the first time,” Mr Hou said.

“Hainan Airlines has identified Australia as a strategic choice in advancing our growth and development as a global aviation player, and Sydney is Australia’s largest city, economic and tourism hub. “We hope that Hainan Airlines will become the choice of an increasing number of travellers around the world, so we are able to contribute more to the promotion of economic and cultural exchanges between China and Australia.” NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed the new Hainan Airlines Changsha to Sydney service and said China is NSW’s largest source of international visitors. “In the year ended June 2016, we saw 639,000 visitors from China travelling to NSW, up 21 per cent on the previous year,” Mr Ayres said. “China continues to lead NSW’s tourism growth and we look forward to working with Hainan Airlines, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, to promote travel to Sydney and Regional NSW.” Changsha is home to around seven million people and is the capital of the south-central Chinese province of Hunan, which has a population of around 65 million people. The city is known for its 3,000 year history, museums, folk art, and hot and sour Xiang cuisine.  
Hainan Airlines will also recommence its popular Xi’an route on 15 September, following the success of the service during the busy Lunar New Year period. Together, the two year-round Hainan Airlines services are expected to bring 33,000 Chinese visitors who will contribute an anticipated $124 million in additional visitor expenditure per year.  Hainan Airlines has been safely operating for 23 years. The airline has won six consecutive global SKYTRAX five-star airline ratings and operates a young and well-appointed aircraft fleet. Its business class cabin features 15 lie-flat seats, BOSE headphones, premium amenities, and a gourmet meal service showcasing both eastern and western cuisines.

Sydney Airport has six Chinese airlines serving 12 mainland Chinese cities. Chinese travellers are the airport’s largest and fastest growing international visitor market based on residency, with Chinese passenger numbers up by 20% so far this year compared to the same period last year.  The airport is welcoming Chinese passengers with initiatives including Mandarin speaking Airport Ambassadors, digital channels and wayfinding in simplified Chinese, acceptance of Union Pay, support of events such as Lunar New Year, and tailored retail, food and beverage offerings.

Flight Schedule  

Changsha-Sydney : HU7997 Departs Changsha at 1825, arrives in Sydney at 0635 Tuesday and Saturday: HU7998 Departs Sydney at 0820, arrives in Changsha at 1630  

Xi’an-Sydney : Departs Xi’an at 1705, arrives in Sydney at 0635 Thursday and Sunday: Departs Sydney at 0820, arrives in Xi’an at 1755


Hainan Airlines Arrival and Media Conference


 Hainan Airline's Airbus A330-200 B-6116 on short final for Sydney Airport Runway 16R following a flypast along Sydney Harbour

Touchdown of the inaugural Hainan Airlines Changsha-Sydney service.

B-6116 taxies on the International 3 Apron for Gate 35.

Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-200 B-6116 pulls up at Terminal 1 Gate 35 for the first time from Changsha.

Celebration Cake to mark the ocassion.

Kerrie Mather and Hou Wei cut the celebration cake at the conclusion of the official presentations.

The Official Party cut the celebration cake.

Sydney Airport Corporation CEO Kerrie Mather presents Hainan Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Mr Hou Wei, with a gift to mark the occasion.

Hainan Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Mr Hou Wei presents Sydney Airport Corporation CEO, Kerrie Mather, with a gift to mark the occasion.

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