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18 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Hainan Airlines launches Tel Aviv-Shanghai flights E-mail

Hainan Airlines landed its inaugural flight to Ben Gurion Airport on 12 September. It was the first flight of the company’s new Tel Aviv-Shanghai route, with three weekly flights scheduled on Boeing Dreamliners.

As reported in the July/ August issue of Jewish Times Asia, Israel’s Tourism Ministry and China’s Hainan Airlines announced in June the signing of a marketing agreement to open a new route between Shanghai and Tel Aviv. This step makes Hainan Airlines the first airline to operate regular flights between Shanghai and Israel.

Because the route is to a new destination, Hainan Airlines will receive a €750,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, to be used for marketing efforts aimed at increasing the number of Chinese tourists to Israel, among other things.

Before the first flight, the Minister of Transport and Intelligence Yisrael Katz said: “Increasing the number of destinations between Israel and China is likely to provide an incentive for realising the huge potential of incoming tourism from China, and bolster Israel’s exposure as a desirable tourist destination. There are hundreds of thousands of Chinese who admire Israel’s history and Jewish sites that attract millions of visitors from all over the world.”

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