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.

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The commitment, which Boeing values at more than $5.1 billion at current list prices, will be subject to the approval of the Chinese government and will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared, according to the manufacturer.

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In November, subject to government approval, the airline plans to replace the Airbus A340-600 aircraft with which it is initially serving the Chicago-Beijing route with new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

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China’s Hainan Airlines plans to begin non-stop, four-times-weekly service from Chicago to Beijing on September 3, 2013.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved American Airlines’ request for a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines of the People’s Republic of China.

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American Airlines and China’s Hainan Airlines have agreed to codeshare on each other’s flights and to offer members of their frequent-flyer programs new opportunities to earn and redeem mileage points.

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