Inaugural Beijing - Edinburgh flight arrives in Capital

First flight from Hainan Airlines lands at Edinburgh Airport direct from Beijing, China. Picture; Ian Georgeson
First flight from Hainan Airlines lands at Edinburgh Airport direct from Beijing, China. Picture; Ian Georgeson
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The first Beijing to Edinburgh flight has touched down in the Capital. for the inaugural Beijing - Edinburgh flight.

The Hainan Airlines Global flight arrived in Edinburgh 4 hours ago.

The airbus A330-300, Tolga was greeted with a water salute in the Capital before jetting off on a return journey a few hours later.

Two flights a week will now come to Edinburgh following collaboration between Edinburgh Airport, Marketing Edinburgh and Edinburgh Council.

READ MORE: Airport bosses hoping to add further Edinburgh to China flights

Fiona Hunter project manager of the Edinburgh-China Air Link Project said: “Securing a global flight connection on this scale is hugely encouraging of the capital’s position as an outstanding place to visit, live, work, study and invest”

Airport bosses are hopeful of adding further routes between Edinburgh and China in the near future.

READ MORE: Edinburgh Airport to confirm direct flights to China

The nonstop flight will cut travel times on the 5,000 mile journey from 15 to around 11-and-a-half hours.

A total of 41,000 trips were made from China to Scotland in 2016, which generated spending of £36m, while around 10,000 Chinese students currently study at Scottish universities.

First flight from Hainan Airlines lands at Edinburgh Airport direct from Beijing, China. Picture; Ian Georgeson

First flight from Hainan Airlines lands at Edinburgh Airport direct from Beijing, China. Picture; Ian Georgeson