Hainan Air an­nounces 1st Bei­jing to Bos­ton di­rects

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By AMY HE in Bos­ton amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

For War­ren McFar­lan, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Har­vard Univer­sity, June 20 can’t come soon enough.

That’s when Hainan Air­lines will of­fi­cially start its di­rect ser­vice be­tween Bei­jing and Bos­ton, now the largest US mar­ket with­out any di­rect flights to China. Bos­ton is the largest city in New Eng­land and the sis­ter city of Hangzhou, China.

McFar­lan, a guest lec­turer at Ts­inghua Univer­sity, said Thurs­day at a lun­cheon cel­e­brat­ing the up­com­ing launch that he has made 81 trips to China in the last 14 years, all through US air­ports.

“Why am I so happy to­day? There are some places in this world that I gen­uinely hate. Num­ber 1, Kennedy Air­port. Num­ber 2, O’Hare Air­port. Num­ber 3, Dal­las Fort Worth. Num­ber 4, Toronto. This is go­ing to be an enor­mous route. And they even have it at a sen­si­ble time of day,” he said, re­fer­ring to the 5pm de­par­ture time from Bos­ton’s Lo­gan Air­port.

The air­line will use the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner on the route, with ser­vice Mon­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day.

Haikou-based Hainan Air­lines is pri­vately owned and the fourth largest air­line in China in terms of fleet size.

Mas­sachusetts is one of the big­gest mar­kets for Chi­nese tourists. Hainan Air­lines ex­pects to serve close to 5,000 trav­el­ers a month on the new route, ac­cord­ing to a fil­ing with the US Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

AMY HE / CHINA DAILY

Chen Feng, chair­man of HNA Group, the par­ent cop­many of Hainan Air­lines, at a launch event for the new di­rect flights be­tween Bos­ton and Bei­jing at the Har­vard Club in Bos­ton on Thurs­day.

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