• Virgin Australia expands frequent flyer perks on Hainan, HK Airlines

    Virgin Australia's Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers will finally gain access to airport lounges when travelling on some Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines flights from next month, as the airlines expand their existing partnership from July 2 2018. However, in most cases, including ...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 15 Comments

  • Velocity brings Hainan, Hong Kong Airlines reward bookings online

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now use their Velocity points to book Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines reward flights via the Velocity website. From Sydney, travellers can fly business class aboard Hainan to Changsha, Haikou or Xi’an for 78,000 Velocity p...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2018 11 Comments

  • New business class for Hainan Airlines' Airbus A330s

    IN BRIEF| Virgin Australia's Chinese partner Hainan Airlines is embarking on a business class upgrade for its new Airbus A330 and Boeing 787-9 fleet. 11 factory-fresh A330-300 jets, due to begin flying this month, will introduce a new business class seat boasting more room than the current A330 ...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2017 2 Comments

  • Using Velocity points to book Hainan, Hong Kong, Capital Airlines

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now book Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines flights using their Velocity points. Among routes further afield, that opens the door to booking Hainan Airlines’ flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Chan...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2017 15 Comments

  • Earn Velocity points: Hainan, Hong Kong Airlines, Beijing Capital

    Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now earn Velocity points and status credits when travelling aboard Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines flights. With Hong Kong Airlines, points can be earned on all flights except those to and fro...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 13 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines plans Brisbane-Shenzhen flights

    UPDATE | After previously listing new Brisbane-Beijing flights in its booking schedule, Hainan Airlines is swapping out Beijing in favour of Shenzhen, with non-stop flights planned to commence from September 20 2017. Curiously, timings of the new Brisbane-Shenzhen flights mirror the original Bri...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 8 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines plans Melbourne-Xi'an flights

    China’s Hainan Airlines will link Melbourne with Xi’an from November as it commences return non-stop flights on two days each week. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, guests can stretch out in one of 36 fully-flat business class beds, configured in a 2-2-2 layout… … ...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • Flying to secondary cities in China: your non-stop options explained

    Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are all major destinations for Australian business travellers, yet there’s growing demand for journeys further afield with eight airlines now flying or soon to fly directly between our shores and 11 other cities across mainland China. Among them, Chengdu, Sh...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 14 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines returns to Sydney with Xi'an, Changsha flights

    China-based Hainan Airlines will return to Sydney from later this year as it re-commences non-stop flights to Xi'an, now planned as a year-round service after a successful trial over summer. Joining that is an all-new Sydney-Changsha route from September 17 2016, with Xi'an flights returning two...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2016 6 Comments

  • How China's "big four" domestic airlines compare

    Planning a business trip to China and researching what you can expect when flying domestically on China's "big four" airlines — Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines? Australian Business Traveller reader Chris Tudehope spent a month in Beijing, travelling extensively...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2013 11 Comments

  • What you need to know about China's "big four" airlines

    The more you deal with China as a business partner the more time you'll spend flying with the "big four" Chinese carriers -- Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines. They dominate the skies of the People's Republic, with only a few scattered smaller airlines (...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2012 4 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines cuts back Sydney-Shenzhen services

    Hainan Airlines will cut back its direct Sydney-Shenzhen flights from October 30 as the Chinese airline adjusts its schedule for the northern winter. The Sydney-Shenzhen service, which was launched in January and continues on to Hangzhou, will be reduced to running two days per week from th...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Hong Kong price war: Hainan Airlines slashes business class fares to Shenzhen

    China's Hainan Airlines has started a fare war to the Hong Kong region, slashing direct tickets from Sydney to its Shenzhen hub and undercutting its nearest competitor in business class by over A$2000. Any fare war is great news for business travellers, especially for small and medium businesses...

    POSTED 23 May, 2011 3 Comments

  • Which Chinese airline will Virgin Australia pick?

    In our continuing series on the potential partner airlines Virgin Australia has its eye on, Australian Business Traveller is turning its attention towards China. Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti wants to have further spokes in the airline's network, which already includes US airline Delta, Ae...

    POSTED 16 May, 2011 9 Comments

  • Sydney Airport welcomes Hainan Airlines

    Hainan Airlines this week becomes the fifth Chinese airline to provide Sydney’s business travellers with direct flights into China, with the first of its thrice-weekly flights from Sydney to Shenzhen and onto Hangzhou.This is the first time these two Chinese cities have been served by direc...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Jetstar confused over location of Shanghai? Hint: Hangzhou's not in Shanghai.

    It looks like Jetstar needs some remedial geography classes. New flights on Jetstar Asia from Singapore to Hangzhou are being advertised by Qantas' Singapore-based low-cost subsidiary as "Hangzhou (Shanghai)". Do take a second to look the two cities up on a map if you're not enormously fami...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 3 Comments

  • Chinese New Year: our guide for business travellers

    ????! Xin nian kuai le! Gung hay fat choi! The Spring Festival (commonly known as Chinese New Year in the West) travel season begins tomorrow and the largest human migration in the world will see more than two billion Chinese people on the move for the holiday.  Moving that many people arou...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • ROUNDUP: Top 5 stories of the week

    It won't surprise anyone that Australian Business Traveller readers were most interested in our continuing coverage of the flooding affecting Queensland, and particularly our information about Brisbane Airport.  Qantas was also high on your reading list -- and so was United's CEO ...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines now a 5-star airline, starts Sydney-Shenzhen-Hangzhou flights next week

    Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines -- which will start flying from Sydney to Shenzhen and Hangzhou next week -- has just been voted a 5-star airline by research firm Skytrax. Hainan joins just six other airlines in the top ranking: Asiana, Cathay Pacific, Kingfisher, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airway...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines opens direct Sydney-Shenzhen flights from January 2011

    China’s Hainan Airlines will commence direct flights from Sydney to Shenzhen from January 19, 2011. Flights from Sydney will depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10.10am, arriving at Shenzhen at 4.20pm. The service will then continue to Hangzhou for a 7.50pm arrival. Return fl...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Hainan prepares Sydney-China flights

    Hainan Airlines appears to have plans to fly to Sydney Airport from Shenzhen and Hangzhou in China. Despite rumors of the new flights, and a few mentions on Hainan's website, an official announcement has not yet materialized. The carrier's English language homepage states "Hainan Airlines will o...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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