Hainan Airlines will operate the twice weekly flights on a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 32 business seats and 191 economy. The flights will go from Beijing to Birmingham each Friday and Monday.
Birmingham Airport’s Commercial Director, Jo Lloyd, said: "Not only is this a significant market test, it paves the way for future sustainable scheduled flights into Birmingham from China that will support the growth in Chinese visitors as well as the region’s economy. We are also hopeful that flight programmes will include departures from Shanghai and Guangzhou as well as Beijing to Birmingham in the future."
Direct flights to China from Birmingham were made possible by Birmingham Airport’s runway extension to enable longer haul flights, which was completed in April 2014.
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