Hainan Airlines has announced that it will operate its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on routes between Manchester and Beijing.

The Chinese carrier will use the aircraft on the route from May 1, fitted with 36 flatbed business class seats and 177 in economy. This follows last month’s news that the airline will increase frequencies at Manchester from four to five per week, starting June 1. 

General manager for Hainan Airlines in Manchester Loic Gao said:

“We are very excited to see our very first Dreamliner landing at Manchester Airport from the 1st of May. Having announced our increased frequency, it makes perfect sense to operate the Manchester route with our flagship aircraft.”

Commercial director for Manchester airport Stephen Turner said: “It’s great news that Hainan Airlines will be using their flagship aircraft on the Beijing service.  Coupled with the news that they will be increasing frequency, it’s  testament to how successful the route has been performing.”

The airline recently opened a new lounge at Beijing airport, open to Fortune Wings Club silver, gold and platinum cardholders, and business and first class passengers.