The company will be the first to fly scheduled flights between Norway and China, opening in the spring of 2019.
The route between Oslo and China will be operated by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 292 seats in a two-class configuration with 32 flatbed business class seats and 260 economy class seats. Hainan Airlines will have three weekly departures from Oslo Airport.
“The coming new route of Beijing to Oslo is the first direct route between China and Norway operated by Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines. These efforts have gained Hainan Airlines with an optimized network between China and Europe. This new route will certainly intensify the communications between the two countries, thus stimulating the development of a prosperous economic tie for China and Norway, as well as the Nordic region”, says Mr. LIU Jichun, Vice President of Hainan Airlines.
Norway most popular for Chinese tourists
“This is excellent news for Norwegian travel, business and tourism. Hainan Airlines is a major international airline, and this will mean that even more Chinese tourists will have an opportunity to experience everything Norway has to offer.” says airport director Øyvind Hasaas at Oslo Airport.
For Norway the connection will have great significance:
“Norway is the Nordic country with the largest number of Chinese tourists. This trend has seen very positive developments in recent years. It is therefore only natural that a large and recognised airline such as Hainan Airlines would want to open a direct connection to Oslo Airport,” Hasaas says.
Good connections from Beijing
From Beijing, onward connections to other Chinese and Asian destinations are excellent.
“With Hainan Airlines, onward connections are very good to the major city of Shanghai. There are also good connections to many other cities in China and Asia, which are interesting destinations for both Norwegian tourists and not least Norwegian business.” Hasaas explains.