Hainan Airlines is adding its second direct flight between the United Kingdom and China, and the first flight between London and Changsha in Hunan province. It's also another new route for the Haikou-based carrier.

The new non-stop service will operate three times a week using new, Boeing 787 aircraft and will connect London-Heathrow and Changsha Huanghua International Airport starting March 23.

Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, is the political, economic, cultural and technological hub of the province, and one of China's famous historical cities. Yuelu Academy, Orange Island Park and Aiwan Pavilion are all must-see destinations. Unique Hunan cuisine also let diners indulge in pleasures without stop.

Hainan Airlines has been named a SKYTRAX five-star airline for seven consecutive years and was listed among the Top 10 SKYTRAX carriers. The airline also has one of the world's best safety records in that it has not had a major accident in its 25 years of operation.

The airline has expanded its international network, offering new connections for travellers from its hubs in Chengdu, Chongquing, Shenzhen, and Changsha. London will be the third long-haul destination from the Changsha hub, as it currently operates flights from the city to Melbourne and Sydney.