Beijing - The Chinese private airline Hainan Airlines has commissioned its first Airbus A350-900 between Beijing and Shanghai, but the operator is still silent on its international expansion.
Hainan's first A350-900 registered B-1069 started flights on October 13 between its base in Beijing and Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport, a 65-minute route for crew training.
The HNA Group subsidiary took delivery of the aircraft in Toulouse, France at the end of September with the colors of Beijing Capital Airlines, another subsidiary of the HNA group.
The new widebody aircraft is the first of fifteen A350-900 expected by Hainan Airlines. It is configured to accommodate 33 passengers in Business Class (1-2-1) and 301 in Economy (3-3-3).
Hainan Airlines, the world's 2nd largest A350 operator, did not reveal the long-haul routes planned for its A350-900 yet. The carrier expects three more copies by the end of the year.
Hainan Airlines first A350-900 has completed its painting from its subsidiary Capital Airlines. Pic from Weibo. #Airbus #A350 #HainanAirlines @HainanAirlines @Airbus @CapitalAirlines pic.twitter.com/TEYk0h3Ei5— PG Aviation (@AviationPg) October 8, 2018