Hainan names Boston as new east coast gateway

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Hainan Airlines plans to launch new nonstop flights between Beijing Capital International and Boston Logan International in the second quarter of 2014.

The service would operate four-times weekly on a 213-seat Boeing 787-8, according to an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on 12 November. Launch is subject to US approval.

The Civil Aviation Administration for China (CAAC) has already authorised the route, the application shows.

Joel Chusid, executive director of Hainan, said earlier in November that the carrier would announce service to a “gateway city on the US east coast” shortly.

Hainan flies from Beijing to both Chicago O’Hare and Seattle/Tacoma in the USA.

The flight is Boston Logan’s second to Asia, following Japan Airlines’ (JAL) service to Tokyo Narita that began in April 2012.