Hainan Airlines announced a new nonstop service between Shenzhen and Vienna that will commence in October 2018.
Following the roll-out of the Shenzhen-Brussels and Shenzhen-Madrid services, this is Hainan Airlines' third direct flight service from Shenzhen to Europe announced this year.
The Shenzhen-Vienna route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner twice a week.
As a key partner of the Chinese government's the Belt and Road Initiative, Austria has great expectations in terms of future cooperation where both parties plan to work together at all levels, from idea-sharing to implementation, execution and completion of projects under the initiative. "Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1971, Austria and China have reached cooperation in various fields such as tourism, economy, trade, and culture, which have achieved considerable progress. The launch of the Shenzhen-Vienna service is an effective step jointly taken by China and Austria to enhance the connections between the two countries, attract more Chinese tourists to Austria and promote in-depth cultural, economic and artistic exchanges among Chinese and Austrian visitors," President Van der Bellen said at the press conference.
"The launch of the new service between Shenzhen and Vienna, coupled with the other international nonstop routes originating from Shenzhen - to Brussels, Madrid and Sihanoukville - that we have rolled out lately this year, is expected to further the economic development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area," stated Mr. Bao, the Hainan Airlines chairman.
"This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Hainan Special Economic Zone. As a pioneer in the Chinese civil aviation industry, Hainan Airlines has continued expanding its international airline network based on its concept of establishing a global airline network according to Chinese passengers' needs. The new service will further complement the airline's international network andcontribute to the building of an air bridge as part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
With the launch of the new service, Hainan Airlines has increased the number of its international and regional routes originating from Shenzhen to 15, speeding up the city's interconnection with Europe, the US, Australia and Southeast Asia. Also this will further boost the economic development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a region which includes nine mainland Chinese cities, the largest of which are Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as two special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao.
Hainan Airlines has made great progress in implementing its international expansion strategy over the past few years, as part of its efforts to engage with the Belt and Road Initiative. To date, the airline has launched over 110 air routes to countries targeted by the initiative, including several new services launched during the first half of the year, among them, Haikou-Sydney, Shenzhen-Brussels, Beijing-Tijuana-Mexico City, Shenzhen-Madrid and London-Changsha.