Hainan Airlines plans to launch three new routes between the United States and China in June and increase service frequency on three of its existing China-U.S. routes, as part of a planned large-scale expansion in the Chinese carrier’s service to North America.
The only airline in China to be certified as a five-star carrier by the annual Skytrax survey of airline passengers, Hainan Airlines plans to launch five-times-weekly service from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Beijing on June 15.
Hainan Airlines also plans to begin three-times-weekly service from Boston Logan Airport to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on June 20; and four-times-weekly service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Shanghai Pudong on June 22.
The carrier will operate two-class Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners between San Jose and Beijing Capital International Airport, on a route which will represent the first ever non-stop service between Mainland China and Silicon Valley.
Hainan Airlines’ schedule for its San Jose-Beijing service calls for its flight to depart Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (IATA code SJC) at 1:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 15 and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 4:40 p.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, Hainan Airlines’ flight will leave PEK at 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 15 and land at SJC at 11:10 a.m. the same day, local time.
The planned block times for the service are 12 hours 30 minutes westbound and 11 hours 40 minutes eastbound. Connections to and from points throughout China are also possible throughout Hainan’s domestic network.
Hainan Airlines’ schedule for its Boston-Shanghai service calls for its flight to push back from the gate at Boston Logan Airport (BOS) at 4:25 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 20 and touch down at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG) at 7:35 p.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, Hainan Airlines’ flight will vacate the gate at PVG at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 20 and reach BOS at 2:25 p.m. the same day.
Hainan Airlines is scheduling block times of 15 hours 10 minutes westbound and 14 hours 40 minutes eastbound for the Boston-Shanghai route, but has not said what aircraft type it plans to operate the route with. However, it appears likely that, given the duration of the flights, the carrier will operate the route with Boeing 787-8s.
On the Seattle-Shanghai route, Hainan Airlines’ schedule calls for its flight to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 22 and get to PVG at 4:30 p.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, the carrier’s flight is timed to depart PVG at 1:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 22 and arrive at SEA at 9:35 a.m. the same day, local time.
Hainan Airlines is scheduling a block time of 13 hours 30 minutes for the westbound sector and 11 hours 20 minutes for the eastbound sector. It will operate the Seattle-Shanghai route with two-class Airbus A330-200 widebodies.
Cargo service will be offered on all flights.
Hainan Airlines is also increasing its service frequencies on its existing routes linking Beijing with Boston, Seattle and Chicago, upping each flight to a daily service from May 1. The carrier also operates daily between Toronto and Beijing.
Seats on Hainan Airlines’ flights between North America and China can be booked through travel agents, travel websites, at www.hainanairlines.com or through the carrier’s call center at 1-888-688-8813.
Hainan Airlines was founded in 1993 and has grown to be China’s largest independent airline. It operates a fleet of more than 130 aircraft, including Airbus A330-200, A330-300 and Boeing 787-8 widebodies.
The airline is a subsidiary of the HNA Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, which has interests in logistics, tourism, hotels, financial services, as well as air transportation.
Hainan Airlines began service to the United States in 2008. The carrier has a wide domestic network in China (which it operates with a fleet of more than 100 Boeing 737NG jets), serving more than 600 routes linking 90 cities.
The carrier also serves destinations in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.