The first direct flights from Beijing to Oslo recently had its launching ceremony and press conference on April 12, 2019 at the Norwegian Embassy in China.
At the event, there was a formal anouncment of the first direct flight between China and Norway that will be operated by Hainan Airlines, the Skytrax five-star Chinese carrier lately launching its long haul flights to several cities in the US.
Among the attendees, there were Mattis Raustøl, charge d ‘affaires of the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, Pang Wei, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, and Liu Yu, a representative from the Department of the European Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, and and representatives of Hainan Airlines.
The opening speech was delivered by Raustøl who emphasized that the new flight will enhance the ties between people-to-people as well as country-to-country in the future.
With three weekly departures on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the first schedule of the Beijing-Oslo non-stop route will start on May 15, 2019 by 300-seat Airbus 330, offering 32 business-class and 262 economy seats. In economy class, the one-way ticket will be available at 3,407 Chinese Yuan or 509.30$. While in business-class, the one-way ticket will cost 15,267 Chinese Yuan or 2,282.19$.
Prior to the inaugural ceremony, Liu Jichun,Vice President of Hainan Airlines revealed “this new route will certainly intensify the communications between the two countries, stimulating the development of prosperous economic ties for China and Norway, as well as the Nordic region.”