Although there was only one pair of scissors to cut the inaugural flight ceremony ribbon in Los Angeles, there were 12 people taking part in the event celebrating the arrival of Hainan Airlines’ twice-weekly service from Chongqing: Wei Dongmei, VP, US-Sichuan Chongqing Chamber of Commerce; Phoebe Chen Huang, President, US-Sichuan Chongqing Chamber of Commerce; Zhang Xumin, President, China Enterprise Council; Felipe Cusnir, Deputy Director of International Trade, Mayor’s Office, City of Los Angeles; Lili Shi, Consul, Consulate General of the PRC; Pu Ming, VP, Flight Operations, Hainan Airlines; Samson, Mengistu, COO, Los Angeles World Airports; Liang Pubin, MD, North America, Hainan Airlines; Joel Chusid, Executive Director-US, Hainan Airlines; Imdad Ali, Account Manager, Hainan Airlines; Xu Xian Hui, GM, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China; and Tan Po, GM, Branding, Hainan Airlines.
- Hainan Airlines follows up last week’s award-winning launch of flights from Chengdu to Los Angeles (LAX) with another new route this week. On 21 March the Chinese carrier began twice-weekly non-stop flights from Chongqing (CKG) to Hollywood. The 11,496-kilometre sector will be flown using the airline’s 787-8s and departs the Chinese city on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 21:15, with LAX departures on the following days at 06:30. Hou Wei, VP, Hainan Airlines, said: “Hainan is proud to bring our award-winning service and elite experience to Los Angeles on a brand new route that no other North American city can claim. Since we began our Beijing-Seattle route in June 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the premier quality Hainan Airlines provides our travellers. With expanding trade, stronger bilateral ties, and now reciprocal ten-year visas between China and the US, this market is continuing to grow, and Hainan is making a long-term commitment to our customers in China and the US.” A total of 10 airlines link China and the US, six Chinese carriers, the big three US legacy carriers and Hawaiian Airlines.