Tianjin Airlines launched a new nonstop flight from London (Heathrow) to Xi’an on Monday, May 7, 2018, connecting the UK capital to the eastern departure point of the ancient Silk Road for the first time. Xi’an is the capital city of Shaanxi province.
The Airbus A330-200 aircraft, departs at 3:15 pm from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport and will arrive at London Heathrow Airport after a 14-hour journey.
Flight GS7987 offers a twice-a-week service on every Monday and Friday, carrying up to 260 passengers.
The service is the airline’s second Britain–China air route after Tianjin–Chongqing–London flight that started in June 2017, linking Beijing’s neighboring megacity Tianjin and Chongqing to Britain.
The airline connects Xi’an to more than 40 cities and operates over 200 flights per week with 15 aircrafts. Tianjin Airlines is the 4th largest airline by market share in Xi’an. Connecting Europe and Asia is only part of the airline’s global expansion plan. It also launched a cross-hemisphere service from Xi’an to New Zealand in December 2017. Flights to America are also planned.
Tianjin Airlines will celebrate its 9th anniversary on June 8.
Copyright Photo: Tianjin Airlines Airbus A330-243 B-8596 (msn 1805) TSN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939368.
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