China’s Hainan Airlines has launched non-stop services between Boston’s Logan Airport and Beijing, representing the first scheduled non-stop flight between New England and mainland China in history.
The route will use 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 travellers, 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 18th 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.
Travellers 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 13:50 local time and is scheduled to arrive Logan Airport at 15:10.
Return flight 482 will depart Logan at 17:10 with scheduled arrival at 18:50 the following day in Beijing.
Recent changes to visa regulations permit US citizens to stay in Beijing for as long as 72 hours visa-free when travelling 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, Hainan Airlines.
“The new flight saves about three hours off of 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.
He added: “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.”
Since its founding in 1993, Hainan Airlines has fostered a deep rooted culture of providing excellent service and has earned numerous awards.
These include recognition as the World’s Leading Airline – Economy Class at the World Travel Awards.