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.
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
"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
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:
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
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
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.
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SOURCE Hainan Airlines Co., LTD
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