Hainan Airlines just made a big announcement. The carrier will begin offering flights between Beijing and Boston on a new plane this spring. Hainan Airlines is planning to use the A350 for the route starting on May 12. That’s big news because this is the first time that the carrier will use the A350 for a route to the United States. The A350 will actually replace the 787-9 that is currently used. That’s not the only news coming out of Hainan Airlines at the moment. A new stop will soon connect Beijing and a popular Nordic hub.
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Hainan Airlines’s new service between Oslo and Beijing means that Norway will now have a direct route to China. This is the first direct Nordic route in general for the Chinese carrier. Hainan Airlines mostly offers international routes to cities in North America and Europe. Most flights operated by Hainan depart from Beijing Capital International Airport. In addition, some flights leave from smaller cities in China. Travelers can currently use Hainan to get to hubs in international cities like Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Vienna, Zurich, Manchester and Brussels. The list of American cities served by Hainan includes San Jose, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Houston. The airline boasts that it offers tickets to the United States for as low as $233. However, routes like Houston to Shanghai go for more than $1,000. You can usually scoop up tickets from Los Angeles to Beijing or Seattle to Shanghai for under $500 pretty easily when you fly with Hainan.
What do we know about the new service between Oslo and Beijing that’s being introduced by Hainan Airlines?
The three-times-weekly route will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when it launches in May. Hainan will be using the Airbus A330-300 aircraft for the route. This aircraft comes with 32 business seats and 262 economy seats. Business-class passengers will be able to use lie-flat seats. Hainan does offer a mix of Chinese and Western meal options. However, you’re probably going to be on your own when it comes to entertainment. Most of Hainan’s flights don’t offer Wi-Fi at the moment. You do have the option to check out Hainan’s on-demand entertainment options and view them using your own electronic device once you’re on the plane. Flights between Oslo and Beijing are for sale on Hainan’s website now.
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