Hainan Airlines’ Chongqing to New York JFK
Seen speaking at the launch in Chongqing before Hainan Airlines’ inaugural departure to New York JFK is Hainan Airlines President Sun Jianfeng. The carrier will serve the 12,186-kilometre sector twice-weekly, with flights operating on Wednesdays and Fridays until 30 October using 787-8s. From this date services will then be flown on Mondays and Fridays from the Chinese city, with the aircraft being upgraded to the carrier’s 787-9s when referring to OAG schedules.
- Hainan Airlines launched flights to its ninth North American destination on 20 October, the day it inaugurated a 12,186-kilometre link between Chongqing (CKG) and New York JFK (JFK). The carrier will also connect Chengdu to the New York airport, with flights on the latter route scheduled to begin on 26 October. “We’re excited to be offering the only non-stop flights between the US East Coast and the major cities of Chengdu and Chongqing,” commented Hainan Airlines President Sun Jianfeng. “These new services represent the airline’s 13th and 14th non-stop transpacific routes, following our West Coast launch earlier in the year. The opening of the routes is expected to significantly enhance exchanges and collaborations concerning culture, the economy, and politics between the two countries and to further improve both Chengdu and Chongqing’s status as key global economic centres.” As stated by Jianfeng, these routes mean that Hainan Airlines now offers 14 non-stop city pairs between China and North America. The link from Chongqing to JFK will be operated by Hainan Airlines twice-weekly, with services initially being offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, flown by the Chinese carrier’s 787-8s. From 30 October, the Wednesday rotation will be moved to Mondays, with the aircraft type switching to the larger 787-9 when analysing OAG schedules. With the welcome addition of Chongqing, and soon Chengdu, to JFK’s departure boards, it now means that the US airport is connected to six destinations non-stop in China, with Beijing (Air China), Shanghai Pudong (China Eastern Airlines), Guangzhou (China Southern Airlines) and Fuzhou (Xiamen Airlines) already being served. Interestingly no US carrier currently offers flights to China from JFK, however United Airlines links New York Newark to both Beijing and Pudong, with Air China also linking Newark to Beijing. In total there will be 49 weekly flights between both New York airports and China this winter. See how New York JFK Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.