A new airline will be added to Changi Airport's network of airlines later this month. Hainan Airlines will arrive at Changi's Terminal 2 on Aug 29.The sixth Chinese carrier at Changi, Hainan Airlines will operate four weekly flights on a B737-800 aircraft connecting Singapore to Hefei and onwards to Dalian.
Hefei will be a new city link for Changi Airport and brings to four the number of new city links to China established this year, following Jinan, Shantou and Qingdao. Hefei is the capital of Anhui province. The political, economic and cultural centre of Anhui province, the city of Hefei is located in mid-east China, some 400 km west of Shanghai.
With the addition of Hainan Airlines, Changi Airport will be connected to China via some 400 weekly scheduled flights to more than 25 Chinese cities, reinforcing Singapore's position as the most connected Southeast Asian city to China.
Good news, and great to see new routes for this 'little' airline. I hope that this turns out well for them.
Hainan Airlines, China's largest private carrier, was expected to begin direct service to Hawaii by the second quarter of this year; however, plans have stalled, and the state has begun to eye new prospects. Hainan's announcement in July 2009 that it planned to offer weekly nonstop scheduled service between Honolulu and Beijing was met with great fanfare by Hawaii's travel industry, whose members were told that service could begin in the fall of 2009.
Joel Chusid, general manager for North America for Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd., said he has not had any route updates from China in the last six months. In June, Gov. Linda Lingle said Hainan had all of the needed approvals but was working out details such as landing fees. Lingle said Chinese airlines are used to getting a break on landing fees from some countries but that that was not possible in the United States.
Chusid said the chief reasons for the delay were "visa issues" and "tour operators who were hesitant to guarantee enough business to make the route profitable."
While I sympathize with Hawaii here, I understand and agree with Hainan Airlines. As a business, they need to be assured that they will be able to make this work long-term. As a question though, I have heard that routes to Hawaii always tend to have lower yeilds - can anyone shed some light on this (is it true? If so, why?)?