Route of the Week:
China Eastern’s Shanghai to Honolulu
271 passengers travelled on China Eastern’s first scheduled service between Mainland China and Hawaii. At the Polynesian Cultural Center, celebrations were held for the new route.
- China Eastern for the first time connected Mainland China with Hawaii with scheduled services on 9 August when the SkyTeam airline launched a new route between its Shanghai Pudong (PVG) hub and Honolulu, HI (HNL). The airline briefly flew between the two airports on charter services earlier this year. Flights now operate seasonally until January 2012, twice-weekly with 287-seat A340-300 aircraft. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) projects that more than 91,000 visitors from China will arrive in 2011 and the organisation’s president and CEO Mike McCartney said at the launch event: “Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2007, the HTA has been aggressively working to secure direct air service from China. Today’s landmark flight is wonderful news for Hawaii’s tourism economy, and we remain committed to supporting this new route and developing airlift to meet demand.”