15 FEBRUARY 2016
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Manchester Airport has seen the results of its first ever international artist in residence capturing the buzz of its expanding global route network.
Commissioned for the next three years, Rob Pointon, from Cheshire, has partnered with Cathay Pacific and visited Hong Kong to paint a number of landscape oil paintings. Launched in December 2014 Cathay flies nonstop to Hong Kong four times weekly taking around 11hrs 30 mins.
Marking the Chinese New Year the exhibition featured 13 paintings from Rob’s time in Hong Kong and three large new Manchester works.
Also during the New Year celebrations Hainan Airlines announced it has increased capacity on its Manchester – Beijing route, before it has even launched.
Starting on 10 June the airline will fly four times a week to the Chinese capital, the planned Airbus 330-200 replaced by an A330-300. The larger aircraft holds a total of 292 passengers, with 32 in Business Class and 260 in Economy.
Announced in October by The President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping, the route will make Manchester the only airport outside of London with a direct scheduled service to China. www.manchesterairport.co.uk
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