BOSTON – Hainan Airlines and Massport officials celebrated the first nonstop arrival from Shanghai today at Logan International Airport. In March, Hainan announced Boston would become the airlines’ first U.S. city with service to Shanghai. The service is scheduled on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner three days a week - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with afternoon times. The new flight complements the carrier’s existing nonstop Boston-Beijing service. With this new route, passengers at Logan can now reach three destinations in China as well as Tokyo, Japan and Istanbul, Turkey.
“Partnerships like this are terrific for Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. “By gaining new international flights, the Commonwealth is able to compete for more international business opportunities and travel options for our citizens, stimulating economic growth across the region.”
Boston is the largest U.S.-Shanghai air travel market without nonstop service, and Shanghai is Boston’s largest unserved international market, with more than 76,000 passengers travelling between the two cities last year. The total Boston-Shanghai air travel market has grown 48% since 2010, and is expected to grow more as a result of this nonstop service. Since May, Boston to Beijing service on Hainan Airlines has operated daily.
“One year ago, we were celebrating with Hainan their new nonstop Beijing service. And this year, we are thrilled to once again have something to celebrate – this time a new nonstop flight to Shanghai,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “I want to thank the business community and Massport’s Asia Task Force for their support in making Hainan’s Boston ventures here such a success.’’
Hainan Airlines just won the Skytrax 5-star airline quality award for the 5
th year in a row. The flight time is approximately 15 hours westbound and 14 hours eastbound. Connections with Hainan’s airline partners, including JetBlue in its Boston hub, allow travelers to connect to and from the new service from points throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In Boston, as well as in Shanghai, with advance reservations, premium passengers are treated to complimentary private chauffeured car service both on arrival and departure. Shanghai’s Pudong Airport also features a Maglev train that speeds travel between the airport and the city.
On board Hainan’s airplanes, business class passengers can relax in luxurious seats that convert into a fully flat bed and feature a turn-down service complete with fluffy pillows, fine cotton sheets and a duvet, pajamas and slippers. Gourmet Chinese or Western cuisine and wines are served on fine china, glassware and linens; customers may choose when they wish to dine. Freshly brewed espresso and a selection of teas are available. Amenity kits feature famous Bulgari® cosmetics. A state of the art entertainment system offers over 100 movies, audio selections and games on demand.
Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn speaks at the inagural flight ceremony. Hainan Airlines Vice President Hou Wei is behind him to the left with the yellow tie.