Our Editors love Hainan Airlines’ in-flight and on the ground service. We think they offer a great, authentic and luxurious experience that combines a leading edge hard product with and exceptional soft product, so we’re excited to hear about their plans to increase connectivity between China and the US.
Hainan Airlines which is China’s only Skytrax 5-Star airline is growing their North American presence with a large scale expansion this June with the addition of 3 more nonstop routes. Connecting China to the United States and Canada has proven quite successful for the carrier which already serves Toronto, Boston, Chicago and Seattle from their Beijing base. The new routes will give Hainan Airlines unmatched connectivity between the mainland and the United States.
Hainan Airlines has a very busy June planned. The new routes will be inaugurated from Silicon Valley’s Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Beijing on June 15, from Boston’s Logan Airport to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport on June 20, and then from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Shanghai Pudong on June 22.
“Since we began our Seattle route in June 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the award-winning service Hainan Airlines provides between the United States and China,” said Mr. Ji Chun Liu, Director of Hainan’s International Department. “Now we are excited to open three new nonstop routes from North America to China. The community of interest and expanding trade between the United States and China has grown this market exponentially, enhanced by the new reciprocal ten year visas between the two countries.”
On board Business class passengers have luxurious seats that convert into fully flat beds with a turn-down service complete with fine cotton sheets and a duvet, pajamas and slippers. Gourmet Chinese or Western cuisine and wines are served on fine china, glassware and linens and amenity kits feature Bulgari® cosmetics. A state of the art entertainment system offers over 100 movies, audio selections and games on demand. Having flown long haul on Hainan many times our Editors can confirm that it’s a great experience.
Service on the existing Beijing routes to and from Boston, Seattle and Chicago will increase to daily on May 1, 2015. Hainan Airlines also operates daily between Toronto, Canada and Beijing.
If you haven’t heard of Hainan Airlines you should. This is a great option between North America and Asia and Hainan brings with it size, scope and vision. Hainan Airlines was founded in 1993 and has grown to be China’s largest independent airline with a fleet of over 130 aircraft, including wide body Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner jetliners. 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.