Sky high with Hainan Airlines

With new European flight routes, Michelin-starred chefs designing the menus and high-quality cabin products, Hainan Airlines is reaching new limits

By Hainan Airlines
Published 8 Apr 2019, 23:39 BST
Inflight service with Hainan Airlines
Inflight service with Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines has become one of the ten airlines in the world to be rated Five Star Award by SKYTRAX for seven consecutive years. As the only Chinese mainland airline to join SKYTRAX, Hainan Airlines is committed to providing heartfelt and meticulous five-starred service.

Star chefs
Hainan Airlines has cooperated with the services of a number of Michelin-starred chefs to help upgrade its inflight meal service. The airline, which is already renowned for its innovative menu and dish design, has upped its Hai Chef offering, making it a highly personal dining experience that greatly enhances passengers' meals.

Back in August 2016, Hainan Airlines launched its meal service programme, known as the Professional Hai Chef Team, on certain international flights to provide business-class passengers with a premium exclusive and customised inflight meal service. Then, in April this year, the programme was extended to all long-distance international flights and proved very popular with passengers.

Prominent French chef Christophe Camacho joined the team last year as senior catering manager to bring four standards to the food: seasonality and freshness, the latest fashion, customisation and original taste.

Spacing out
From May this year, Hainan Airlines passengers travelling in business class on its domestic services were offered Space One noise-cancelling headphones. Jointly developed by British hi-fi brand KEF and German high-end lifestyle brand Porsche Design, the headphones enliven the five-star inflight experience and create an enjoyable music paradise.

New heights
Several new direct routes from China to the UK make Hainan Airlines an excellent choice. Visitors heading to Beijing will be able to catch a non-stop flight from Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester on the sleek Airbus A330. For those wishing to visit the vibrant city of Changsha, meanwhile, direct flights now leave from London Heathrow three times a week.

New direct European routes for 2018:
Brussels and Madrid to Shenzhen
London to Changsha
Vienna to Shenzhen
Dublin and Edinburgh to Beijing

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