Chinese company heats up competition on popular route for Israeli tourists

Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-20 17:43:32|Editor: mmm
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JERUSALEM, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Myway Georgian Airline Company, founded by a Chinese company, announced Tuesday that it will soon begin flights between Georgian capital Tbilisi and Israeli coastal city Tel Aviv.

The competition on the route to Georgia, one of the popular destinations of Israeli tourists, is heating up under the influence of Chinese investors.

Myway, which began operating just a few months ago, will start the new route on June 28. The company currently holds two Boeing 737-800s and two similar planes have been ordered.

The airline is backed up by Hualing Group, which was founded in 1988 in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Hualing started its investment activities in Georgia in 2007 and until now has carried out eight projects with an investment of 500 million U.S. dollars and over 3,000 employees.

The company made its maiden flight in April between Tbilisi and Iranian capital Tehran. Upon establishment, it announced that it would operate flights to destinations including Kiev, Minsk, Dubai, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tel Aviv.

The company will perform three weekly flights on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. Flights from Tel Aviv will take off at 21:10 and land in Tbilisi at 00:45 local time, and flights from Tbilisi will take off at 18:30 and land at Ben Gurion Airport at 20:10.

Myway offers special prices for round-trip flights from Tel Aviv. Each flight includes 162 economy class seats and eight seats in business class.

Flights between Tel Aviv and Tbilisi are currently under operation by Israeli airlines Israir and Arkia as well as Georgian Airlines, which has a code sharing agreement with leading Israeli airline EL AL.