SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd. ("Hainan Airlines") launched a non-stop service between Shenzhen, China and Cairns, Australia. The maiden flight of Hainan Airlines HU745, which took off from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport at 10:50 pm on December 19, 2017 Beijing time, landed at Cairns Airport at 8:30 am on December 20, 2017 local time. Following the roll-out of the Shenzhen-Brisbane service on September 20, 2017, this will be Hainan Airlines' second direct flight service from Shenzhen to Queensland as well as the airline's sixth direct flight service to Australia.
With the launch of the new service, Hainan Airlines will have established a route network in Australia spanning three eastern states and four major cities, with 12 round-trip flights weekly. The route, with two round-trip flights weekly, will be serviced by an Airbus A330 deluxe wide-body aircraft with spacious cabins. Business Class passengers will be provided with 180-degree lie-flat seating with an in-seat massage feature, Bose headsets and top quality BVLGARI toiletry bags. Passengers in all classes will have access to an exclusive on-demand entertainment system and a gourmet selection of Western and Oriental meals.
Since its inception in 1993, Hainan Airlines has rolled out more than 1,400 domestic and international routes from and to over 110 cities across Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. The airline also has one of the world's best safety records in that it has not had a major accident in its 24 years of operation with over 6 million hours of safe flights and was ranked third in airline safety in 2016 by JACDEC, a German airline safety data evaluation firm, the best achieved by a mainland Chinese carrier. With the roll-out of the new route, the Chinese airline has further expanded its international route network, providing passengers travelling between China and Australia with a comfortable and safe flying experience.