Air China launches direct Melbourne to Shenzhen service
Operating three times weekly from 20 June 2017.
Victoria's capital, Melbourne, is hot for new international routes, having recommenced direct services to Los Angeles last month and awaiting Virgin Australia's inaugural direct flights to Hong Kong in July.
Now, there's another route it can flaunt: a direct service between Melbourne and Shenzhen, China.
Taking off 20 June 2017, flights will be operated by Air China and fly three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. They will be serviced by an Airbus A330-200, featuring 30 lie-flat bed business class seats and 207 economy class seats, with a generous 32" pitch for passengers aboard the nine hour flight.
Flights between Melbourne and Shenzhen are currently selling for $433.65 on the Air China website, which is based on a return flight from 20-27 June 2017.
Given Air China has the only direct flights between Melbourne and Shenzhen, competition is slim. Other airlines, such as China Southern, offer flights on similar dates from $900+ for 17-hour non-direct journeys.
The Melbourne-Shenzhen services add to Air China's growing list of direct flights between Melbourne and China, which currently include Melbourne to Beijing and Melbourne to Shanghai.
A modern metropolis in southeastern China, Shenzhen is perhaps best known for connecting Hong Kong with mainland China. It's a dynamic blend of tradition and history coupled with a thriving nightlife and shopping culture. Due to its proximity to Hong Kong, longer trips can be coupled with day or multi-day trips to Hong Kong.