Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines will launch three new services to the US this year.
The airline received authorisation from the US Department of Transportation on Friday to run routes between Shanghai and Seattle, Shanghai and Boston, and Beijing and San Jose.
The four-times weekly Shanghai-Seattle service will start on June 22 and will be operated by an A330-200 with 222 seats, with 36 in business configured 2-2-2, and 186 in economy configured 2-4-2.
A B787-8 Dreamliner will be rostered onto the three-times weekly Shanghai-Boston route, which launches on June 20. The aircraft contains 213 seats in two classes — 36 in a 2-2-2 configuration in business, and 177 in a 3-3-3 configuration in economy.
The five-times weekly Beijing-San Jose route will begin on June 15 and also will be operated by a B787-8 with the same layout. The service will fly everyday except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hainan Airlines is also planning to fly from Beijing to London Heathrow and Manchester from this summer (see news, October 23).