Hainan Airlines' first flight from Beijing arrived at Chicago O'Hare Airport on 3 September. Celebrating the launch of the route in the airport were Andrew Spinelli, Associate Director Mayor's Office of International Relations and Protocol; Ald. Mary O'Connor (41st Ward); Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, CDA; Wei Hou, VP, Hainan Airlines; Weiping Zhao, Chinese Consul General in Chicago; Jenny Cizner, Director, Mayor's Office of International Relations and Protocol and Ald. Michael Zalewski (23rd Ward).
- Hainan Airlines has taken the bold step of entering the Beijing (PEK) to Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD) market, by launching twice-weekly flights on 3 September using its relatively fuel-hungry A340-600s, although schedule data indicates that the airline plans to use its new 787s on the route from 10 November. Frequency increases to four flights per week in December, with service becoming daily from 31 May 2014. This is only Hainan Airlines’ second US route from Beijing, following in the footsteps of the airline’s daily Seattle-Tacoma service, which is served with A330s. Competition on the route is considerable with both oneworld carrier American Airlines, and Star Alliance member United Airlines, operating daily flights on the 10,600-kilometre sector, with both carriers utilising 777s on the route.