Hainan Airlines resumes Beijing-Boston flight services

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Hainan Airlines has successfully resumed its non-stop flight services from Beijing to Boston.

Flight HU729 from Beijing to Boston departed at 1:18 pm Beijing time on November 26. The occasion marks the revival of Hainan Airlines’ first China-US route post the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Beijing-Boston Route

Hainan Airlines has planned three round-trip flights every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday for the Beijing-Boston route.

Operating Boeing 787-9 wide-body airliners, the outbound flight departs from Beijing Capital International Airport at 1:20 pm local time, reaching Boston Logan International Airport at 3:40 pm local time.

The return leg begins in Boston at 5:40 pm local time, making a brief stop in Seattle, and concludes in Beijing two days later at 3:30 am local time.

The estimated total flight time is approximately 20 hours and 50 minutes. All times mentioned are local, and travelers are advised to check actual flight schedules for confirmation.

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Resumption Post COVID-19

This resumption comes at a pivotal moment, aligning with the recent meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden in San Francisco.

President Xi’s emphasis on enhancing humanistic exchanges has spurred Hainan Airlines to play a crucial role in bridging the gap.

The airline is not merely restarting flights but is actively contributing to the broader goal of fostering collaboration between China and the United States.

Presidential Push

Following the high-level meeting, President Xi advocated for strengthened ties in various sectors, urging more direct flights between China and the US.

His vision encompasses boosting cooperation in tourism, expanding local interactions, and reinforcing educational ties.

Hainan Airlines is aligning its mission with this vision, striving to restore China-US flight frequencies to pre-pandemic levels promptly.

The objective is clear: to provide convenient, high-quality, and safe air transportation services that facilitate seamless collaboration between the two nations.

Extensive Route Network

Hainan Airlines has been at the forefront of resuming and inaugurating international and regional round-trip passenger routes.

Departing from ten key cities, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Haikou, Chongqing, Xi’an, Changsha, Taiyuan, Dalian, and Guangzhou, the airline has demonstrated its commitment to reconnecting the world.

The focus extends beyond recovery, with Hainan Airlines accelerating efforts to resume and launch more international and regional flights. This strategic move is geared towards meeting the growing market demand for travel to and from China.

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