Hainan Airlines is now offering nonstop service between Chiongqing, China and New York.
This service will launch on October 20, 2017, and marks the first non-stop service between a city western China and New York. Round trip flights will be available twice a week, with new routes departing from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. (Beijing time) and arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 12:50 a.m. EST the following day. Return flights will depart from JFK International Airport on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:50 a.m. EST and will arrive at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport at 6:35 a.m. (Beijing time) the following day.
This new round trip service offers travelers the ability to fly to both east and west coasts of the United States through Hainan Airlines. In a written release, vice president of Hainan Airlines Pu Ming said that the airline rolled out a non-stop service between Chongqing and Los Angeles on March 21, 2017. This was the first-ever non-stop route connecting Chongqing to North America. The new service between New York and Chongqing is Hainan Airlines’ thirteenth direct service offering to North America, he said.
Ming hopes that the opening of the new route will further improve Chongqing’s international role as an “aviation hub.” The route is also expected to “significantly facilitate exchanges and collaborations” between the two countries’ cultures, economies and politics, Ming said.
On Tuesday, June 20, Hainan Airlines was also awarded the SKYTRAX Five-Star Airline Award for the seventh consecutive year during the Paris Air Show, as reported by PR Newswire. The airline was the only one in mainland China that was nominated. This award recognizes that the carrier has provided travelers with consistent five-star services for the past seven years. In addition, Hainan Airlines also received the designation as Best China Airline and received the Best China Airline Staff Service award.