Hainan Airlines ends Boeing 767 service, shifts to newer jets

Updated 2018-04-02 10:42:05

Hainan Airlines, one of largest aircraft operators in China, stopped using the Boeing 767-300ER on Sunday, after 16 years' intercontinental flying of the aircraft.

The last flight was from Phuket, Thailand to Beijing.

Hainan Airlines operated three Boeing 767 aircraft. The first was delivered in November 2002, making the beginning of the wide-body aircraft for the carrier.

In August 2004, the Boeing 767-300ER flew from Beijing to Budapest, Hungary, the first trans-continental route for the company. The Boeing 767 fleet has served more international destinations such as Brussels, St. Petersburg and Dubai.

The planes are being retired because of high operating costs, especially for labor, training and maintenance, Qin Ling, an industry insider, told the Global Times.

With more international routes having been opened, the carrier is using more modern aircraft such as the Boeing 787, which can totally replace the Boeing 767 in terms of flying distance and performance, he added.

Hainan Airlines has a fleet of more than 400 aircraft, most of which are relatively young planes in the Boeing 737 and 787 series and the Airbus 330 series.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58October 23 2018 15:19:07

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16October 23 2018 15:19:07

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18October 23 2018 15:19:07

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords