Hainan Airlines’ inaugural flight from Xi’an to Rome departed on 9 December.
The new twice weekly service marks the first direct connection between the two ancient cities.
Flights will now depart Xi’an’s Xianyang International Airport every Wednesday and Saturday at 0100, arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 0555. The return flight will take off from the Italian capital at 1235 and arrive back into Xi’an at 0600 the next day.
Hainan Airlines plans to increase the frequency of the route to three flights per week from 27 March 2016.
The Chinese carrier will deploy a 222-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on the route, offering 36 flat-bed seats in business class and 186 seats in economy.
Rome becomes Hainan Airlines’ second European destination from Xi’an, following Paris. And later this month, the airline will continue to expand from Xi’an with the launch of new services to Sydney and Tokyo.