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The U.S.’s Chinese Air Travel Ban Takes Aim at Crippling Carriers

This Wednesday, after the Chinese government effectively prevented Delta, United and American from resuming service to China, the U.S government stated that Chinese airlines will not be allowed to fly into or out of the U.S. starting on June 16. This order applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. It is important to remind that the relations between the countries have deteriorated sharply in recent weeks as officials scuffled over…

Hainan Makes Plea for Government Aid as Coronavirus Outbreak Looms

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Hainan provincial official authorities have been named to be on a committee at the HNA Group, the parent group of Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines. HNA Group admitted its financial difficulties and requested assistance from the government. Earlier, it was widely rumored that stated-owned China…

Chinese Aviation Authority Supporting Airline-Saving Measures

Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would promote and allow measures that allow airlines to continue to stay afloat as the country's aviation industry is plagued by the lack of travel resulting from the novel coronavirus that has filled up headlines. The Chinese aviation regulator…

Norway to Get its First Nonstop Link to China

Norway will soon have its own non-stop link to China once Hainan Airlines begins service between Oslo and Beijing. Hainan Airlines will be launching the service on May 15, making this the very first nonstop route between Norway and mainland China and the first non-stop Nordic service for the airline.…

Hainan Airlines Aims For Shenzhen Hub Growth with New Routes

Hainan Airlines, China's largest privately owned air carrier, is launching its first non-stop service between its Shenzhen, China base and Vancouver, Canada on January 28 with two flights weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. The service will be the first non-stop international route connecting Shenzhen and Canada. The route will be serviced by Hainan's Boeing 787-9 fleet, which has…

Hainan Airlines Announces Xi’an Service From Los Angeles

Hainan Airlines has announced plans to launch nonstop service between Xi’an and Los Angeles starting Dec. 31, 2018, making this the first scheduled non-stop service between the Chinese city and Los Angeles, as well as North America in general. China's largest privately owned carrier maintains a hub in Xi'an, serving…

Hainan Airlines Puts its First Airbus A350-900 Into Service

Hainan Airlines Flight HU7607 took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Oct. 13, 2018, at 11:00 am Beijing time. This marked the successful maiden flight of Hainan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Over 300 travelers onboard the short flight to Shanghai had…

Shenzhen Airlines Launching First Flight to Europe

Shenzhen Airlines is planning to enter the long-haul market by launching a route from its hub in Shenzhen, China to London’s Heathrow Airport in late October. The new route will be operated by Shenzhen Airlines’ Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which currently services the airline’s short and medium-haul routes from China. Shenzhen…

Some Chinese Airlines Now Allow Inflight Smartphone Use: A Step…

For the tech-savvy traveler, taking a flight on any Chinese airline (not including carriers based in Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan) tends to be bothersome because these carriers don’t let you use smartphones or tablets on their airplanes, even in flight mode. That means you can’t use your phone to…

New Faces and New Places: How International Travel Options Have…

With 2018 now upon us and second decade of the 21st century starting to draw to a close, one might claim that this decade was not kind to U.S. aviation. The merger mania that dominated the early portion of the decade saw airlines like US Airways, Continental, and AirTran disappear from…