Beijing Capital Airlines, a leisure airline that is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines founded in 2010 will begin flying to Vancouver on the second last day of the year, the 30th of December 2016. They will be using their Airbus A330 aircraft on this route. The A330 is their only wide-body aircraft and they currently operate the A330-200 and they have one A330-300 on order. At the moment, Capital Airlines operates out of Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Xi’an as its primary bases.
They will operate the route three times a week from Hangzhou to Vancouver via Qingdao according to the Vancouver Airport Authority. This will be Capital Airlines’ first destination in North America. Here is what the president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, Craig Richmond had to say:
We are thrilled Beijing Capital Airlines has chosen YVR as its first entry point into North America.
Capital Airlines will be the sixth airline that flies between mainland China and Vancouver – the other five being:
- Air China
- China Eastern
- China Southern
- Sichuan Airlines
- Xiamen Airlines
Three other airlines – China Airlines and Cathay Pacific fly from Hong Kong to Vancouver while EVA Air flies from Taipei to Vancouver.