Beijing-Edinburgh Direct Air Route's Maiden Flight a Success
| As an Airbus 330 of Hainan Airlines touched down at Edinburgh Airport at 5am on June 12, the Beijing-Edinburgh direct air route completed its maiden flight, making it the first ever between China and Scotland. A celebration ceremony was held at the Airport, attended by Mr. Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, Mr. Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Mr. Bao Qifa, Chairman of Hainan Airlines, Sir John Elvidge, Chairman of Edinburgh Airport Board, Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport and representatives from Scottish business, tourism and media also attended the event.
Consul General Pan congratulated the successful maiden flight of China-Scotland direct air route and said that the launch of this air route is a new example of China-Scotland friendship and collaboration, a new measure to strengthen connections between two sides and will generate new momentum for two-way cooperation and exchanges in trade, investment, tourism, culture and education.
Chairman Bao Qifa appreciated the strong support for the direct flight by the Consul General, the Chinese Consulate, Scottish government, the Edinburgh Airport and the Scottish society at large, saying the non-stop flight will build another bridge for China-Scotland cooperation and exchanges.
Minister Wheelhouse and Sir Elvige commended the successful first flight and expressed the commitment to provide full support for the operation of the air route so as to build upon existing strong links for business and tourism, etc.