Hainan Airlines to launch Calgary-Beijing route on June 30

Non-stop flights between Calgary and Beijing expected to generate millions for the local economy
WATCH ABOVE: Abstract: Air travelers will soon be able to fly non-stop between Calgary and Beijing. And it’s expected the flights will generate more than $75 million a year for the local economy. David Boushy reports.

CALGARY – Hainan Airlines announced the launch of non-stop service from Calgary to Beijing on Friday.

The service, which begins on June 30, marks the company’s second Canadian route and its first from Western Canada.

Hainan will operate a two-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner three days a week (later to be increased to four) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

“We are thrilled with Hainan Airlines’ announcement of Calgary as the newest international destination to be served non-stop from Beijing,” said Stephan Poirier, senior vice-president and chief commercial officer for the Calgary Airport Authority, in a news release.

The new flight complements the carrier’s existing non-stop service from Toronto to Beijing, where connections can be made to other major cities in China such as Shanghai, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

“This new service connects two important business markets, reinforces Calgary International Airport’s reputation as one of the best-connected airports in Canada, and gives visitors from China unparalleled access to Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains, and vast prairies,” Poirier said.

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The duration of the flight is approximately 12 hours.