HAINAN AIR TO START DIRECT BOSTON-BEIJING FLIGHT IN JUNE, 2014
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For Immediate Release
U.S. Media Contact: (206)453-0276 Joel Chusid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hainan Airlines Announces Its Newest American Gateway: Boston
Nonstop Service to Beijing to Start June 20, 2014
BOSTON – December 4, 2013 – China’s Hainan Airlines today announced it plans to launch nonstop service from Boston’s Logan Airport to Beijing on June 20, 2014. This will represent the first scheduled nonstop flight from Boston to Mainland China in history – and with the industry’s most advanced airliner – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Hainan Airlines will operate the flights every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. With its international hub at Beijing,Hainan will offer connections to cities throughout China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xi’an and Haikou. Travelers may stopover in Beijing in either direction and connect with numerous additional Chinese cities across the Hainan network such as Chengdu or Dalian. The new Boston flight will complement the carrier’s existing North American service to Beijing from Seattle, Chicago and Toronto.
Flight 482 will depart Logan at 5:10pm and arrive in Beijing at 6:50pm the following day. Flight 481 will depart Beijing at 1:50pm and reach Logan at 3:10pm the same day. Flight time is a little over 13 hours.
Recent changes to visa regulations permit US citizens to stay in Beijing for as long as 72 hours visa-free when traveling to international points beyond China, enabling online onward travel to other key destinations like Bangkok and Phuket.
#MORE “We are delighted to finally be able to bring Hainan Airlines’ famous five-star service to New England. The new flight provides the fastest way to get to Beijing, the capital of China,” said Pubin Liang, Managing Director of Hainan Airlines in North America. “Business, leisure and educational travel and trade between the United States and China has been growing dramatically. This wonderful new link will stimulate this growth via the important Boston gateway.”
It’s no secret that Boston has wanted a link to China for several years. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said, “Nonstop service from Boston to Beijing will open up new commercial and economic opportunities, and I thank Hainan Airlines for their partnership in achieving this significant milestone.’’
Richard A. Davey, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Chairman of the Massport board, said that “Boston is the 6th largest airline passenger market in the US to China and the largest without nonstop service; this new route will help the regional economy, boost tourism and provide a convenient connection for tens of thousands of visitors.’’ “Getting nonstop service to China has been a long sought goal for Massachusetts,’’ said Thomas P. Glynn, Massport’s CEO. “The economics and the range of a new generation of aircraft, like the 787 and the Airbus 350, make new nonstop routes from Boston to every corner of the globe possible.’’
Joel Chusid, Executive Director of Hainan Airlines in the United States, added, “Since its founding in 1993, Hainan Airlines has fostered a deep rooted culture of providing excellent service. We look forward to welcoming Bostonians and New Englanders aboard, while at the same time bringing more Chinese business, tourist and educational travelers to the region.”
Hainan Airlines flights can be booked through all travel agents, travel websites as well as online at global.hnair.com or through its call center at 1-888-688-8813.
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============================================================= About the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Dreamliner carries 213 passengers, 36 in business class and 177 in economy. Cargo service is also offered. The jetliner features larger windows and has a higher cabin humidity than other airliners, which helps moderate jetlag so passengers arrive refreshed. Every seat has an individual power outlet and USB port, and a state of the art entertainment system offers over 100 movies, audio selections and games on demand.
About Hainan Airlines
Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines has a fleet of nearly 130 Boeing and Airbus aircraft with routes throughout China stretching to Europe, Africa, Russia, Southeast Asia and North America. The winner of many awards for safety, service and even for its fine wines, Hainan Airlines is a member of the HNA Group.
About Hainan Airlines Service
Business class passengers are pampered with priority check-in and access to the lounge. On board, they can relax in luxurious seats that convert into a fully flat bed and feature a turn-down service complete with fluffy pillows, fine cotton sheets and a duvet, pajamas and slippers. Gourmet Chinese or Western cuisine and wines are served on fine china, glassware and linens; customers may choose when they wish to dine. Freshly brewed espresso and a selection of teas are available. Amenity kits feature famous Bulgari® cosmetics. Large seatback screens improve the inflight entertainment experience.
At Beijing, with advance reservations, premium passengers are treated to complimentary private Mercedes-Benz® limousine service both on arrival and departure. Those making connections to other Chinese destinations may take advantage of the new business class lounge in Terminal 1 offering a wide range of luxurious amenities.
Economy class passengers can also enjoy complimentary beverages, meals, snacks as well as the same state-of-the-art entertainment system on individual seat-back screens. If connecting in Beijing, an exclusive transit lounge is open to economy class passengers as well.