Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, has indicated that it wants to expand its regional network to a North American destination. The airline recently announced it is expected to launch its flights to Vancouver from Tianjin in mid-2016.
Tianjin Airlines, a low-cost Chinese carrier, is currently operating only single-aisle Embraer and Airbus aircraft. The airline is now looking to expand its fleet and has placed order for 20 Airbus A330 aircrafts earlier this year. The airline said that it is scheduled to receive its first Airbus A330 aircraft next year.
Media reports said that the new Airbus A330 aircraft will be used by the airline for operating 4-times weekly transpacific service to Canada’s key city Vancouver with a single stop at Chongqing. Another low-cost Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines is also providing flight services between Shenyang and Vancouver.
Liu Lu, President of Tianjin Airlines, said, “The airline’s decision to launch new international service underlines the increasing importance of North American routes from tier-two Chinese destinations. The company has already placed orders for 20 Airbus A330 aircrafts and as we continue to take the delivery of more aircrafts the airline will seek to further expand its global network and would be applying for more long-haul routes to Southeast Asia, North America and Europe.”
Earlier, Tianjin Airlines launched its flights to Copenhagen from Beijing and Hangzhou in September 2015 utilizing its Airbus A330 aircrafts. The airline is presently operating its flights services to regional destinations across Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Russia, apart from several domestic destinations in China. These destinations are served with the help of a fleet of 90 aircrafts comprising of E145s, E190s and A320s.