By Threes, Twos & Ones

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The bal­ance of the North Amer­i­can con­nec­tions to Greater China are cities that of­fer three or fewer ser­vices. For ex­am­ple, Bos­ton is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the tran­spa­cific fray, with ser­vices to Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Hong Kong aboard Hainan and Cathay Pa­cific. Dal­las-Fort Worth fol­lows suit in serv­ing the same cities with Amer­i­can Air­lines flights, and Honolulu is rapidly adding lift to Bei­jing and Shang­hai thanks to Hawaii’s po­si­tion as an up and com­ing desti­na­tion for out­bound Chi­nese leisure travel.

Cities of­fer­ing a pair of ser­vices into the re­gion in­clude: the cap­i­tal of Sil­i­con Val­ley, San Jose, CA; the cap­i­tal of the oil patch, Hous­ton; and—oh, yes— the cap­i­tal of the United States, Wash­ing­ton, DC. De­troit mer­its a pair of Delta routes to Bei­jing and Shang­hai, and Toronto also rates a pair of di­rects into Hong Kong aboard Air Canada and Cathay Pa­cific. And ser­vices from At­lanta to Shang­hai and Las Ve­gas to Bei­jing round out our list.

Of course by the time this goes to press, any of these num­bers could have in­creased, new en­trants could have come on the scene and more con­nec­tions with China could have been made. Af­ter all, it’s been 45 years since Nixon went to China, a trip he char­ac­ter­ized as“a week that changed the world.”At the con­clu­sion of the visit, Nixon noted that what he and the Chi­nese lead­er­ship said dur­ing the trip“is not nearly as im­por­tant as what we will do in the years ahead to build a bridge across 16,000 miles and 22 years of hos­til­i­ties.” In the nearly half-cen­tury since, air travel is con­tin­u­ing to make that bridge grow stronger. BT

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