With the growth of the Chinese aviation market, it should come as a surprise that no Chinese-based airline flies to Iceland. However, that's about to change as Juneyao Airlines will fly from Shanghai to Keflavik two times a week, with a short stopover in Helsinki, Finland. The flights will operate on Tuesdays and Sundays. Juneyao Airlines will use the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the one-stop route.
The airline will launch the route starting in March, with the first flight set to take off from Shanghai on March 31, 2020. The airline is relatively new as it only started offering long-haul flights this year. With that being said, it is growing fast and offers 160 international and domestic routes using the Airbus A320, Airbus A321 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
That's not the only good news for those who want to fly between Europe and Shanghai. The airline will also offer two flights a week, on Sunday and Thursday, between Dublin and Shanghai, with a stopover in Helsinki. These flights will commence at the end of March 2020, too.
The airline has been busy adding routes to Europe. Just earlier this month, it also announced that it would fly between Manchester, England and Shanghai thrice weekly beginning next March. The Manchester-Shanghai route will be operated via Helsinki as well.
Travelers who want to shuttle between Manchester, Dublin or Keflavik and Helsinki will soon be able to do so conveniently. That's not all. It also plans to offer nonstop service between Shanghai and Athens starting next June.
If Juneyao Airlines is successful in Northern Europe and uses Keflavik as a connecting base, the airline may be able to use Iceland as a connecting base for flights to North America in the future.