Hainan Airlines has announced an introductory business-class fare for travel on its new nonstop route from Seattle to Beijing.Additionally, Hainan Airlines is offering special business-class fares to travelers who wish to extend their trips from Seattle to other select Chinese cities that the airline serves from Beijing, such as Shanghai and Guangzhou. The dates for travel using these special fares coincide with a number of summer events taking place in China.
“Hainan Airlines is delighted to extend this special fare to our new business customers so that they can experience first-hand what makes Hainan Airlines service so exceptional,” said Joel Chusid, Hainan Airlines’ North American general manager.
When it begins operations this summer, Hainan Airlines will be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Seattle and Beijing. Initial flights will be on new Airbus A330-200 aircraft with two classes of service: 36 business-class seats and 186 seats in economy.
Through its extensive network in China, Hainan Airlines can connect Seattle travelers to more than 40 Chinese cities from Beijing, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and the capital of every province. The nonstop flight from Seattle to Beijing will be a prime connector for neighboring Northwest markets, such as Spokane, Portland, Boise, Denver and Las Vegas, none of which has nonstop service to China.
The nonstop flight will operate four times weekly: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight HU 495 will depart from Beijing at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at noon the same day. Flight HU 496 will depart from Seattle at 2:00 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 4:35 p.m. the following day.
The approximately 11.5-hour nonstop flight from Seattle to Beijing will save roughly four to six hours of travel time by avoiding layovers when connecting through other airports such as Vancouver, B.C., or San Francisco. The return flight from Beijing to Seattle is only 10.5 hours.
Among in-flight amenities are a meal program that is tailored to both Western and Chinese palates, the latest in-flight entertainment technology including personal touch screens for movies in every seat, and 180-degree, flat-reclining seats in business class. Another Hainan Airlines hallmark featured on each flight is seated, in-flight yoga.
Hainan Airlines has appointed AirWorld Inc. as its general sales agent for North America. In addition to the toll-free reservation and information numbers, AirWorld will provide reservations, sales and ticketing from convenient offices in New York City, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver, B.C., to best serve passengers and travel agents.