Hainan plans Beijing, Seattle flights

Hainan Airlines has applied to operate a non-stop flight between Beijing and Seattle in the United States starting next June, sources with the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) confirmed on Saturday. After the application is approved, the airline will become the fourth Chinese carrier operating flights between China and the United States joining Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

The application follows a recent agreement between China and the United States on doubling the number of passenger flights between the two countries by 2012.