In the afternoon of September 3rd, the Ceremony for Inauguration of Xi'an-Paris Flight Route Held in Xianyang Airport. The ceremony was simple and exciting, and the distinguished guests attending the ceremony include Jiang Zelin, Member of Standing Committee and Executive Vice Governor of Shaanxi Province, Bai Liang, Envoy and Counselor of French Embassy in China, Xu Qiang, Deputy Director of Shaanxi Province Development and Reform Commission, Chen Lige, Deputy Director of Northwest Civil Aviation Authority, Zeng Shunfu, Corporation President, Tang Xiaofeng, Party Secretary of Xianyang Airport Company, and Xin Di, Chairman and CEO of Hainan Airlines. Vice Governor Jiang Zelin, Counselor Bai Liang, Deputy Director Chen Lige, Party Secretary Tang Xiaofeng, and Chairman Xin Di respectively addressed the ceremony on behalf of the provincial government, French Embassy in China, the industrial government, the airport and the airline company, and all of them extended their congratulations to the launch of the flights. At the end of the ceremony, all the participating distinguished guests worked together to push up the pushrod symbolizing the first flight, marking the first flight bound to Paris from Xi'an which took off from Xianyang Airport at 1:00 a.m. on September 4th. The first flight was a complete success, and the outbound seat occupancy reached 78.4%.
The launch of the flight route constructs a convenient silk road in air between Xi'an, world's famous ancient capital and Paris, art capital of Europe, and its move will actively promote the construction of the economic zone of Silk Road and accelerate the construction of Xi'an as an international metropolis. In the meantime, the flight route will also make positive contributions to build Xianyang Airport as both a gateway and a hub, to construct and perfect Xi'an international flight route network, and to promote the foreign exchange and international trade of northwest areas of China.
It is reported that the flight No. of the route is HU7907/8, and the plane model is Airbus A330-200 wide-body aircraft. Two sorties are flown every week on Thursday and Sunday. The flight reached Xi'an at 23:10 local time, and took off from Xi'an at 01:00 a.m., reached Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 06:55 and returned to Xi'an at 06:45.
Up to now, Xianyang Airport has launched 3 European flight routes and 1 American Route, and the aviation network, which now has reached Europe, America, Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, will be further improved. In the meantime, the international (regional) passenger throughput is expected to make a breakthrough of 1 million person-time. This lays a solid foundation for realizing the international aviation development goal of Shaanxi Province, i.e., "Increase flight routes to Hong Kong and Korea, build network to reach neighboring countries, make breakthrough to extend the flight route to other continents and rebuild a Silk Road in air".