Hainan Airlines launches Beijing – Chicago services
- 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.