China’s Capital Airlines today launches first Vancouver flight

Thrice-weekly flights go non-stop to Qingdao and then on to Hangzhou

Capital Airlines plans to launch its inaugural flight out of Vancouver International Airport at 4:30 p.m. | @YvrAirport

China’s Capital Airlines is readying to make its first-ever departure from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 4:30 p.m. on January 6.

The airline plans to fly three times per week out of Vancouver - on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flights arrive at Qingdao, China, at 7:40 p.m. the following day and then continue on to Hangzhou, arriving at 11:25 p.m.

Flights will depart Hangzhou at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. They make a stop at Qingdao, where the non-stop flight to Vancouver will leave at 6:05 p.m. Flights then arrive at YVR at 1:15 p.m.

Capital Airlines is the marketing brand of Beijing Capital Airlines, which is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines – an airline that is headquartered in the Chinese island province of Haikou, which is in the South China Sea.

Hainan Airlines is the largest privately owned air-transport company in China and the country’s fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size.

The airline becomes the sixth mainland Chinese carrier to fly out of YVR.

The fifth mainland Chinese carrier to fly out of YVR was Xiamen Airlines, which launched flights in July.

Other mainland-China carriers to service YVR are Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

Capital Airlines will use A330-200 planes.

Other mainland China airlines have been expanding their network out of YVR.

China Eastern launched its inaugural Vancouver-Nanjing flights on December 20.

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