Hainan Airlines inaugurated direct air service from Shanghai to Tel Aviv. Hainan Airlines' flight HU407, which took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, landed at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport at 8:30 am on September 12, 2017 local time after 11 hours in the air.
Following the landing, Hainan Airlines held a high-profile maiden flight ceremony at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, welcoming the first group of passengers who took the flight to Tel Aviv. Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Israel Wu Bin, Israel Airports Authority CEO Yaakov Ganot, Israel Ministry of Tourism director general Amir Halevi, Israel Chinese Association president Zhao Qiang, Hainan Airlines vice president Hou Wei, as well as key local customers of Hainan Airlines and media outlets interested in the story gathered at the airport to witness the important moment when the maiden flight touched down.
Following the launch of the Beijing-Tel Aviv service in April 2016, this is Hainan Airlines' second direct service between China and Israel. On November 11th, 2016, the 10-year multiple-entry visas agreement between Israel and China became effective, making it more convenient for Chinese visitors travelling to Israel.