Hainan has applied for permission to its civil aviation authority to operate flights between the cities starting in summer.
The twice weekly service is planned to operate from Beijing to Edinburgh and then Dublin on one day, and Beijing to Dublin and then Edinburgh on another day.
However, it’s believed a direct Beijing-Dublin service might become reality reasonably quickly if passenger traffic between the cities justifies it.
Hainan Airlines has made the application to operate the route to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Dublin Airport would not comment on whether it is in talks with Hainan about a route to Chinam, but last year, Hainan also applied for permission to operate flights between Dublin and Shenzhen via Brussels. Shenzhen is located just 27km from downtown Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific is of course launching flights between Dublin and Hong Kong in June.