Hainan Airlines Launches First Ever Boston to Beijing Service

 BOSTON, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ -- China's Hainan Airlines today launches nonstop  service between Boston's Logan Airport and Beijing, representing the first  scheduled nonstop flight between New England and Mainland China in history -  and with the industry's most advanced airliner - the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140620/119652  In addition, Hainan Airlines has partnered with Boston-based Dav El  Chauffeured Transportation Network service to provide complimentary private  ground transfers for business class passengers within a 30 mile radius of  Logan Airport. The same services will be provided by Dav El in Chicago and  Seattle. Hainan Airlines already provides complimentary executive car service  in Beijing for long haul business class travelers, and has introduced this in  Europe as well.  Hainan Airlines will operate the flights year round every Monday, Wednesday,  Friday, and Saturday, and due to peak demand, will increase frequency to daily  from July 18 through the end of August. With its international hub at Beijing,  Hainan offers 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 481 departs Beijing at 1:50 pm local time and is scheduled to arrive  Logan Airport at 3:10 pm*. Return flight 482 will depart Logan at 5:10 pm with  scheduled arrival at 6:50 pm the following day in Beijing.  Recent changes to visa regulations permit U.S. 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 such as  Thailand.  "We have had our sights on Boston for a long time, and we are thrilled 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 Xie Haoming, President of Hainan Airlines, upon  arrival on the first flight. "The new flight saves about three hours off  existing routings."  President Xie is leading a delegation of company executives, Chinese media,  and business people who will engage in meetings with local business leaders  and learn about the Boston marketplace. President Xie added that "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, our first on the East Coast."  "Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our  competitiveness in global markets," said Governor Patrick. "Hainan's new  flight will better serve our international passengers and build upon our  growth strategy to open up Massachusetts to new markets to ensure that we  remain competitive for many years to come."  "As Massport is one of the leading economic engines of the region, having  non-stop service to China is critical for growing jobs and the regional  economy as well as offering nonstop options for leisure travelers,'' said  Thomas P. Glynn, Massport's CEO. "The economics and the range of a new  generation of aircraft, like the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, make new  nonstop routes from Boston to markets like Beijing possible."  Since its founding in 1993, Hainan Airlines has fostered a deep rooted culture  of providing excellent service and has earned numerous awards. President Xie  added, "We look forward to welcoming Bostonians and New Englanders aboard,  while at the same time bringing more Chinese business, tourism, and  educational travelers to the region."  Hainan Airlines flights can be booked through all travel agents, travel  websites as well as online at www.hainanairlines.com or through its call  center at 1-888-688-8813. The airline has opened a local office at 31 St.  James Avenue in Boston.  (*flight arrival and departure times are one half hour later on Tuesday,  Thursday, and Sunday during the daily schedule period.)  (Photographs available on request; contact Claire Chen 206-453-0282; e-mail:  xiaoning-ch@hnair.com)  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 over 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. Effective July 1, limo services will be extended to  Boston, Chicago and Seattle using Boston-based Dav El.  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.  Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140620/119652    SOURCE  Hainan Airlines Co., LTD  Joel Chusid, +1-206-453-0276, +1-214-284-9499, joel@hnair.com  CO: Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network ST: United States of America NI: AIR LEI TRN LEI NP  
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