Hainan Airlines has announced that it will launch the only nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to inland China on January 21, 2016, with a new flight to Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province.
The new route departs LAX Terminal 2 on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:35 pm and arrives Changsha at 7:20 pm the following day. Return flights depart Changsha at 1:00 pm and arrive LAX at 10:35 am the same day. LAX times are one hour later after March 12 due to Daylight Savings Time.
The new route is part of Hainan's expansion in North America. On the West Coast, Hainan already operates nonstop service between Silicon Valley (SJC) and Beijing, and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Beijing and Shanghai. This complements the airlines' direct routes between Beijing and Chicago, Boston and Toronto, and between Shanghai and Boston.
All North American routes – including the new service between LAX and Changsha – are flown by Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
As a mileage partner with Alaska Airlines, passengers can earn miles on Alaska and connect between Hainan's West Coast gateways and destinations throughout North America. Second only to Seattle, LAX is a major hub for Alaska, with more than 20 direct routes to destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Connections can also be made with American, JetBlue and Virgin America.
The airline will offer special low introductory fares in both economy and business class on the new route for travel through April 30, 2016.