Later this year Hainan Airlines is going to connect Beijing to Ireland and Scotland with their first ever direct flights on this route.
Hainan Airlines will offer a four times weekly service Beijing-Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays and Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin-Beijing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Before you ask, it does not seem possible to book Dublin-Edinburgh on its own.
The airline will launch the first flight on 12th June operating an Airbus 330-300.
Dublin Airport’s Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, “Hainan’s new Dublin-Beijing route links not just our two capital cities, but also our two countries. It is great news for tourism and trade and this improved connectivity will create new jobs throughout Ireland”.
In addition Hainan Airlines is launching thrice-weekly flights from London Heathrow to Changsha later this month with recent prices as low as £1,190 for a return flight in business.
Everyone who books a flight via the Hainan Airlines website by December this year will automatically get Silver Status in their loyalty scheme – though this will only be useful on Hainan Airlines flights as they are not part of a major airline alliance.