By Nahrain John @karryontravel04 Jan 2017Chinese carrier, Hainan Airlines has added a third Oceania city to its network with the recent launch of direct flights to Auckland. The non-stop service from Shenzhen touched down late last year, making it the airline’s first direct service to New Zealand and its third in Oceania after Sydney and Melbourne.In addition to giving holidaymakers more choice for travel between China and New Zealand, Hainan Airlines believes new flights will contribute significantly to cultural cooperation between destinations.“The new service is expected to significantly facilitate exchanges in and cooperation concerning culture, economy, trade and tourism between the two cities.”Hainan AirlinesThe 11-hour journey between Shenzhen and Auckland is being operated by the airline’s wide-body Airbus A330, fitted with 36 lie-flat Business Class seats and 186 standard Economy seats.Flights will depart Shenzhen (HU7931) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1.55pm to arrive in Auckland the following day at 6.30am. The return service will leave Auckland on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8.30am, touching down in Shenzhen at 3.25pm.As a five-star airline, guests will have access to the latest inflight technology including HD LCD screen, top customer service and a variety of both Western and Oriental style meal choices.Hainan Airlines is the 30th international airline to fly to Auckland Airport and is the second Chinese carrier to launch new services to the gateway in less than a month following Tianjin’s Tianjin-Chongqing-Auckland flights.Have you visited Shenzhen? Share your experience with us below. Other stories you may likeBALI FOR XMAS: Jetstar ramps up services from MelbourneAN OASIS: Go inside Cathay Pacific’s serene new lounge in ShanghaiPURE WELCOME: Tourism New Zealand is inviting travel agents to meet their local guides!