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Hainan Airlines debuts new Sydney-Changsha flight

written by | September 13, 2016
Hainan Airlines flight HU 7997 arrives at Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)
Hainan Airlines flight HU 7997 arrives at Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)

Hainan Airlines’ new twice weekly flights between Changsha and Sydney has touched down in the NSW capital.

Flight HU 7997, operated by Airbus A330-200 B-6116, landed in Sydney a little after 0600 local time on Tuesday, after a roughly 10-hour journey from Changsha, located in the southern Chinese province of Hunan.

The aircraft, configured with 36 business and 186 economy seats for a total of 222 seats, was on the ground for about two hours before operating the reciprocal HU 7998 to Changsha.


The new service builds on Hainan’s seasonal offering between Sydney and Xian that operated from December 2015 to March 2016 and will resume from September 17 as a twice weekly service. The airline also operated Hangzhou-Shenzhen-Sydney flights in 2011.

Hainan Airlines vice president of marketing Hou Wei said Australia was an important destination for the more-than-two-decade-old carrier.

“Hainan Airlines has identified Australia as a strategic choice in advancing our growth and development as a global aviation player, and Sydney is Australia’s largest city, economic and tourism hub,” Hou said in a statement.

“We hope that Hainan Airlines will become the choice of an increasing number of travellers around the world, so we are able to contribute more to the promotion of economic and cultural exchanges between China and Australia.”


The two new services follow Hainan Airlines’ parent company HNA taking a 19.2 per cent equity stake in Virgin Australia as part of a new commercial alliance.

That proposed tie-up was slated to result in the two airline groups codesharing on each others’ flights, as well as cooperating on frequent flyer programs, lounge access and the promotion of tourism and business travel.

Virgin also planned to operate flights to Beijing and Hong Kong from a yet-to-be-disclosed Australian city as part of the partnership.

Hainan Airlines flight HU 7997 arrives at Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)
The Airbus A330-200 B-6116 operated the inaugural service. (Sydney Airport)
A cake to celebrate Hainan Airlines' inaugural Sydney-Changsha service. (Sydney Airport)
An inaugural flight would not be complete without a ceremonial cake. (Sydney Airport)
Representatives from Hainan Airlines, Sydney Airport and Destination NSW celebrate the airline's inaugural Sydney-Changsha flight. (Sydney Airport)
Representatives from the airline, airport and state government celebrate the airline’s inaugural Sydney-Changsha flight. (Sydney Airport)
Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-200 B-6116 landing at Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)
Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-200 B-6116 landing at Sydney Airport. (Sydney Airport)

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  • Kevin


    I’ve lost count of the number of Chinese airlines now operating into Austtalia and the frequency of their flights and their numerous destinations in China – this is obviously a massive boom market – and where is Qantas? Apparently one flight a day from Sydney to one Chinese city is enough to compete!

  • Riplander


    36+186 = 222 seats, not 232 seats.



      Apologies for the error. The story has been updated.

  • David Fix


    I hope they fly to the Gold Coast.

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