DFASS Group has been awarded the duty paid travel retail contract for Hainan Airlines’ domestic flights.

The concession, which is expected to begin by January 2013, is the first time the Haikou-based carrier has outsourced its inflight retail programme on domestic routes. 
 

It is one of China’s top five airlines and handles over 40 million passengers annually on these services. It has a fleet of 113 aircraft and a further 36 on order. 
 
Besides its international operations (not part of the DFSASS contract), the airline operates scheduled flights from the booming holiday resort island of Hainan and nine locations on the mainland, as well as charter services

DFASS Deputy Chairman John Garner told The Moodie Report: “This is a new venture into very important new territory for us with one of China’s most important and respected airlines. We’re very excited by the partnership and the opportunity it brings.

"We have been working closely with the airline and both sides have been putting together special teams to handle this business with offices initially in Hainan and Beijing with five more stations opened within a short time."

DFASS Chairman and CEO Benny Klepach commented: "We believe the timing is right to enter this market, and bring our expertise and technology to the airline. The opportunity for growth is almost unimaginable."

 
 
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