Agressive Southern Chinese Airline Launches Shenzhen-Vienna Service

Published: October 12, 2018; 11:56 · (Vindobona)

The South Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines is pushing ahead with its expansion into Europe by adding Vienna - Shenzhen as the next non-stop route after Zurich at the end of August. The new twice-weekly flights will take off on October 20th, connecting Vienna with Shenzhen on Thursdays and Saturdays using the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft (see picture).

Hainan Airlines: The flights between Shenzhen and Vienna will be launched with such a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / byeangel from Tsingtao, China [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Hainan Airlines is the largest non-governmental (civilian-run enterprise) airline in China, the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China, and fourth-largest airline in Asia in terms of passengers carried.

Aside from Vienna, Hainan Airlines has connected three other European cities to Shenzhen with direct flights so far this year, after routes to Brussels, Madrid and Zurich were launched.

"We are delighted to welcome Hainan Airlines, China's largest private airline, as the first HNA Group airline and new partner in Vienna. The new flight connection to Shenzhen is a great addition to the existing long-haul service from Vienna, offering travellers a total of 17 destinations to Asia. China is an important growth market for Vienna International Airport and Austria as a business and tourism location, and Vienna is also one of the most popular European destinations for Chinese tourists. This partnership strengthens both regions and Vienna International Airport's role as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe," said Julian Jäger, CEO of Flughafen Wien AG.

Hainan Airlines is focusing many of its new routes around its Shenzhen hub.

After the airline launches its new Vienna flights, it aims to add a further 15 international and regional routes out of Shenzhen, Guangdong.

Hainan Airlines with starting date 20 October 2018 offers 2x a week one flight Shenzhen-Vienna.

Prices for roundtrips start from EUR 429.00.

The schedule for the new service is as follows:

Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Days
HU789 Shenzhen (SZX) Vienna (VIE) 01:30 07:50 Thu, Sat
HU790 Vienna (VIE) Shenzhen (SZX) 11:45 00:50+1
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