Following the launch of direct Beijing-Las Vegas flights back in December last year, two new Hainan Airlines Los Angeles services are now set to take off in March, providing links between western China and the West Coast city.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific was alerted to the news by industry website and confirmed the new flights now appear on Hainan Airlines’ schedule.

The carrier has opened reservations on the two twice-weekly flights, which will depart from Chengdu and Chongqing starting March 15 and March 21, respectively. Both services will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, which Hainan Airlines configures in a two-class 213-seat layout.

Details of the flights are as follows (all times local):

Chengdu (CTU)-Los Angeles (LAX)-Chengdu:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
HU469 CTU LAX 2115 2000 Wed, Sun
HU470 LAX CTU 0045 0640+1 Mon, Thu

Chongqing (CKG)-Los Angeles-Chongqing:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
HU467 CKG LAX 2125 2000 Tue, Sat
HU468 LAX CKG 0045 0630+1 Wed, Sun

Hainan Airlines has been expanding its long-haul operations over the past few months, in particular to destinations in Australasia. The carrier began services between Shenzhen and Auckland in December, along with flights between Xian and Melbourne, Changsha and Melbourne, and Changsha and Sydney.