A city of gleaming, cutting-edge buildings and sprawling ancient temples, of the Peking Opera and Olympic glory, world-class museums and street food to die for — there are few destinations like Beijing. And since 2016, it’s been even closer for British travellers flying with Hainan Airlines.
The route from Manchester to Beijing has been offering travellers the first nonstop service between the two cities since June last year, and is part of Hainan Airline’s expanding global network, which now links the Chinese capital with cities including Prague, Rome, Paris and Brussels.
And for those heading east, standout service is on hand all the way. Earlier this year, Skytrax, the industry’s highly regarded review and ranking site awarded Hainan Airlines with the much-coveted five-star status for the seventh year running. And as one of Skytrax’s Top 10 airlines in the world — the only mainland Chinese airline in the Top 10 — Hainan’s passengers can expect nothing less than exceptional hospitality and facilities, from check-in to landing, not least while cruising at 35,000ft.
Passengers looking to enjoy the wonders of the Chinese capital can now do so alongside the work of fashion royalty. The renowned fashion designer Laurence Xu has designed the latest uniforms for Hainan’s cabin crew, bringing a touch of class to a trip in the skies. Chosen specifically for his beautiful, unique creations, Laurence’s work blends the best of eastern and western designs, including the colourful swirling patterns of traditional Chinese design, and the smart, chic grey colour scheme that has long been a part of the airline’s uniform. A spokesperson for Hainan Airlines explained: “Our design is based on Chinese royal elements, with a clear-line, stand-up-collar grey coat and double-side cashmere overcoat. We adopt Western-style draping to highlight international quality and taste. It brings out the oriental beauty of Hainan Airlines.” With new routes linking East and West shaping Hainan Airlines’ future, it’s a fitting statement for its next chapter.
Hainan Airlines flies direct from Manchester to Beijing daily with the Boeing 787, and twice a week with the Boeing 787-9. For more information, visit hainanairlines.com