From Central Europe to China: Berlin–Beijing non-stop05.09.2008
Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin: "We are becoming increasingly successful at linking Berlin with global metropolises: following direct flights to New York, Doha and Bangkok, Hainan Airlines' new connection to Beijing represents an important step for the German capital. The new direct flight will help improve business and tourist relations with the global player China. It also provides the infrastructure for further intensifying good relations between the partner cities of Berlin and Beijing. Berlin's role as a gateway to the East will be strengthened even before BBI opens."
Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "Hainan Airlines' first flight today marks the start of a new chapter in relations between Berlin and Beijing. It is now possible to fly from China to Central Europe in less than 10 hours. 40,000 passengers a year already fly from Berlin to China. Up to now, passengers had to change in Europe and just accept the fact that they had to fly via London, Frankfurt or Amsterdam for example. This flight is much more convenient for these passengers. With the Berlin–Beijing route we are further expanding our long-haul route system and thus creating a sound basis for successfully launching the new Capital Airport BBI."
Flights to Beijing will initially be departing from Berlin-Tegel on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8.20 p.m., landing in Beijing the following day at 11.10 a.m. local time. Return flights to Berlin will depart at 2.30 p.m., landing on the same day at 6.05 p.m. Brand new Airbus A330-200s with particularly convenient seating arrangements will be operated on the Beijing to Berlin route. There are 186 seats in Economy Class and 36 in Business Class. Each seat is equipped with its own monitor. Passengers in Business Class can relax on flat beds during the flight.
Berlin is the perfect travel destination for business people and tourists from China: Berlin is the top travel destination in Germany and ranks third in Europe. As the headquarters for the Federal Government, the city is becoming increasingly important for politics and the economy. Berlin is also the ideal starting point for connecting flights within Germany and Europe. Flying to Berlin from Asia is around one hour quicker than flying to one of the hubs further west in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London and Paris.
Dr. Rainer Schwarz: "We aim to cooperate closely with BTM on attracting the ever stronger middle-class of China to Berlin. 'Europe in 14 Days' – no other location provides the perfect starting point for our Chinese visitors than the metropolis of Berlin. Conversely, Beijing provides the perfect basis for tourists from Germany to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun with its 5,000-year culture."
Around 50 national Chinese destinations are offered from Beijing. Hainan Airlines' flight schedule also includes numerous international connections, such as Beijing to Budapest, Brussels, Osaka, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg and Seattle. Further connections are also offered, for example from Urumchi to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, or from Sanya to Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
For both Berlin and Beijing, Hainan Airlines is offering reasonably priced shuttle services in cooperation with Air Berlin, Brussels Airlines and Malev. Particularly good offers are available for flights from Berlin to Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Budapest and Warsaw, as well as from Beijing to Shanghai and Nanjing. Further connecting flights are also available from Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Nuremberg, Münster/Osnabrück, London Stansted, Vienna, Zurich, Copenhagen, Göteborg, Stockholm ARN, Rome FCO, Milan BGY, Helsinki, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, St Petersburg and Moscow DME.
Hainan Airlines is China's fourth-largest airline. The airline is currently offering more than 500 connections to more than 90 Chinese and international destinations. Since 1993, Hainan Airlines has offices in Beijing, Xi'an, Taiyuan, Urumchi, Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Dalian.
Hainan Airlines is part of the holding company of the HNA Group, was founded in 1989 and began operating flights in 1993. The HNA Group has 148 aircraft. In 2007, 14.94 million passengers flew with Hainan Airlines. The company has more than 9,000 employees. Hainan Airlines has already won several awards for its offers. In 2000, 2003 and 2007, Hainan Airlines was awarded the "Golden Eagle Cup" by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Nine times in a row, the airline has won prizes for its passenger friendliness. In addition, the airline has been presented multiple awards for being the most punctual airline in the whole of China. The most recent award Hainan Airlines received was from industry analysts Skytrax for being China's best airline.
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- Fl.-No. HU489 PEK-TXL (Flight days Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun.): Dep 02.30 pm and Arr 06.05 pm
- Fl.-No. HU490 TXL-PEK (Flight days Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun.): Dep 08.20 pm and 11.10 am +1 day