Beijing Capital Airlines to launch service to Vancouver

Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A330-200. Source: Weibo

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:

  1. Air China
  2. China Eastern
  3. China Southern
  4. Sichuan Airlines
  5. Xiamen Airlines

Three other airlines – China Airlines and Cathay Pacific fly from Hong Kong to Vancouver while EVA Air flies from Taipei to Vancouver.


Turkish Airlines Commences their Atlanta Service

Turkish Airlines 777-300ER TC-JJN with special Batman v Superman Livery (displayed from Batman side)

Turkish Airlines have launched their daily service to/from Atlanta on May 16, making it the ninth US route for the airline and its 15th destination in the Americas.
The other destinations in the Americas that are served by Turkish Airlines are: Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Panama, Bogota, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and Miami.
The carrier is expanding its services throughout the United States. They offer 70 flights per week and provides one-stop connections to 289 destinations and 115 countries through its Istanbul hub, it has said in a statement.
Ahmet Olmustur, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, commented:

The addition of the Atlanta gateway means that we will now connect business and leisure travellers through our Istanbul hub more efficiently and to more destinations than any other airline via one-stop connection through the world’s most travelled airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

The Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed said:

We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world. The new route will open a wide range of business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations served by the leading carrier.

Turkish Airlines has said

Passengers between Istanbul and Georgia’s capital will be able to enjoy special round-trip fares.

Until the end of October, Miles&Smiles members will enjoy a 25% mileage discount when redeeming miles on the route or a 25% bonus on paid tickets as well as chances for upgrades.

The daily flight schedule is:

TK031 departing Istanbul at 2.05pm and arriving in Atlanta at 7.05pm.

TK032 departing Atlanta at 10.45pm and arriving in Istanbul at 4.40pm (next day).

To commemorate the launch, Turkish Airlines has exposed the Atlanta community to its destinations in through a number of different promotions/procedures. These include 3D art and Coca-Cola customised bottles for the launch flight. 3D art representing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, the most recent Turkish Airlines-sponsored film was installed and showed off at Lenox Square from the 12th of May till the 18th of May. The public was encouraged to take a photo by the 3D art and to share it using #TurkishAirlines Atlanta for a chance to win a round-trip Turkish Airlines flight. The carrier also partnered with Coca-Cola to serve customised branded bottles during its first flight in this route.

United Launches its first trans-pacific route – San Francisco (US)- Xi’an (China)

Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) – Source: United Hub.

On the 8th of May 2016, United Airlines launched a new route – San Francisco in the US to Xi’an in China. UA have launched this route because Chinese routes to the US have a very high demand. This route is operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The route has been given the number #853. The airline is famous all around the world, especially in China. This new route however is unique because this is the first ever trans-pacific flight to land in Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.