China`s Hainan Airlines announced Wednesday that it would launch a new route from Beijing to Ukraine`s capital of Kyiv at the beginning of next year, Xinhua reported.

    Zhang Ning, the company`s representative in Kyiv, told a news briefing that passengers would be able to take a flight between the two cities on Tuesday and Saturday since Feb. 10, 2009.

    "Flight frequency would be increased later," he said.

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    Zhou Li, the Chinese ambassador to Ukraine, said that the opening of the new route will play a positive role in deepening mutual understanding and trust between the two countries and promote bilateral economic cooperation.

    The airline would use Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which has 222 seats with 36 business-class seats.