Tianjin Airlines planning new Melbourne route

Following the launch of its service to Auckland in December, Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines is aiming to expand its Australasia footprint with plans to fly to Melbourne from Chongqing later this year.

Business Traveller was alerted to the news by industry website airlineroute.net, and according to an announcement by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the carrier recently submitted applications for the route.

Due to launch on September 27, the new service will operate three times weekly using an Airbus A330.

Details for the flight are as follows (effective October 1 reflecting daylight savings adjustment, all times local):

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
GS7945 Chongqing Melbourne 0010 1230 Wed, Fri, Sun
GS7946 Melbourne Chongqing 1430 2200

Tianjin Airlines is one of China’s more rapidly growing carriers, expanding its services to the UK late last year to connect with its Auckland route. Meanwhile fellow Chinese carrier Hainan Airways – also expanding quickly – began services to Melbourne from Xian and Changsha in November last year.


Tianjin Airlines to operate flights to Auckland

Tianjin Airlines

Tianjin Airlines will begin operating a three-times weekly service between Tianjin and Auckland from December.

The Chinese carrier operates a fleet of over 90 aircraft to over 100 destinations worldwide. Whilst its presence is still predominantly limited to China, Tianjin Airlines does operate a number of long-haul services to Russia and London.

According to NZ Herald, the new Tianjin Airlines service will add 83,000 seats to flights between China and Auckland, which would provide a NZ$102 million boost to the New Zealand tourism industry.

The number of Chinese travellers visiting New Zealand has increased steadily in recent years, and is now the country’s second largest source of tourist, after Australia.

Tianjin Airlines’ new route is part of an ongoing trend that has seen a number of mainland carriers increase capacity to New Zealand. Air China and China Eastern have both started operating regular services to the country, while China Southern has also boosted capacity on its flights.

“Regional China is a rapidly developing source market for New Zealand tourism and these new routes flying directly to Auckland provide another option for Chinese visitors to experience New Zealand,” said Norris Carter, Auckland Airport’s general manager – aeronautical commercial to NZ Herald.

For more information, visit tianjinairlines.co.uk

Clement Huang