China’s Hainan Airlines (HNA) will launch a direct Beijing-Manchester service from June 2016. The announcement comes following a state visit by Chinese premier Xi Jinping to Manchester, where he called for increased ties between the two countries to “pursue cooperation [in] various forms.” The Haikou-based carrier will offer a 4X-weekly service between using a two-class Airbus A330, and adds to its newly introduced Chongqing-Rome and Beijing-Prague schedules that launched ...

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