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A Hainan 787 Dreamliner in Los Angeles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

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 numerous domestic and international locations from the city, the capital of Shaanxi Province in Northern China. The new service will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from Los Angeles…

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…

Airline Giant HNA Aviation Given Lifeline by Chinese Government

China’s HNA Group, owner of Hainan Airlines, has been granted a lifeline by the Chinese government amid recent financial troubles, mainly surrounding a large amount of debt accrued due to numerous acquisitions. One of HNA’s largest and most well-known entities is HNA Aviation which holds a majority stakes in 13 airlines…

Hainan Airlines Announces New Flights to Mexico

China's Hainan Airlines has announced flights from Beijing to Mexico City, with a technical stop in Tijuana, beginning on March 21, 2018. The flight will operate three times weekly and be serviced by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the airline's aircraft of choice for long ranges flights to North America due…

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…

Hainan Airlines Completes Its First Transcontinental Flight Partly with Biofuels

Hainan Airlines recently completed its first transcontinental flight with an aircraft fueled in part by biofuels derived from waste cooking oil. This marks a step forward in China’s plan of meeting goals for a green economy and low carbon emissions. Though the aviation industry contributes around two percent of global…

Aviation’s Island Empire: How Hainan Continues to Purchase the Industry

While aviation conglomerates tend to lack lavish cash spending that other businesses might have, the rise of the Chinese company HNA Group has certainly caught the eyes of many people. So where did this less than 25 year old company come from and how did it manage to obtain over…

A Touch of Class: Taking a Look at Hainan Airlines’…

Hainan Airlines made their presence in Manchester back in June 2016 with four times per week services to Beijing using their Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Six months later, the airline and Manchester Airport invited us back to discover their product on a more in-depth basis. On this occasion, the airline sent…

The Race Across the Pacific

In the early 1980s, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) began operating flights between Beijing and New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. These routes were the first between the nations operated by Chinese carriers. However, in 1988, the Chinese government split the CAAC into six separate airlines. Air…