Hainan Airlines has applied for rights to launch four new international routes in the fourth quarter of the year.
The carrier is planning twice-weekly services between Haikou and Sydney using Airbus A330s, thrice weekly services on the Shanghai Pudong-Chengdu-Tehran route using A330s or Boeing 787s, as well as four-times weekly services between Shanghai Pudong and Zurich using 787s.
It plans to launch the three routes in November.
Thereafter, it will follow with thrice-weekly services on the Chengdu-Shanghai Pudong-Tijuana route in December. This will be operated using 787s.
FlightGlobal schedules data shows that Hainan will compete with Mahan Air between Shanghai and Tehran, and with Swiss between Shanghai and Zurich.