Hainan Airline Group Signs Agreement with Hawaii

Hainan Airline Group ("HNA Group") has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation with a commercial delegation from the State of Hawaii on November 9. Under the agreement, HNA Group will launch a service between Beijing and Hawaii, the first such service between a city on the Chinese mainland and Hawaii to be offered by a Chinese airline. Hainan Governor Luo Baoming, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and HNA Group Chairman Chen Feng attended the signing ceremony.

The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation is only a part of a series of signing ceremonies between the two groups. Prior to the signing ceremony, some officials from Hainan Province led by Governor Luo Baoming met with the delegation headed by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. Mr Luo gives a brief synopsis of the development history of Hainan province and said that the airline serves as a bridge between the island and the rest of the world, paving the way for similar such cooperative efforts. Linda Lingle spoke of the success of the Hainan-based airline. The opening of the Beijing-Hawaii route is very meaningful to the cooperation between Hawaii and Hainan Airlines.

The direct route between Beijing and Hawaii launched by HNA Group is expected to significantly shorten flight time between the two cities, and further enhance tourism between China and the United States. In addition, the cooperation will play a role in developing an international tourism market for Hainan province and in implementing its strategy to establish Hainan as an "International Tourism Island."