Hainan Airlines Launches Nonstop Service to Beijing, China from Silicon Valley’s Airport
Before the first flight departed today, inaugural ceremony remarks included those of Hainan Airlines Vice Chairman Mu Weigang, City of San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, Consul General of China in San Francisco Luo Linquan, San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Matthew Mahood, and City of San José Director of Aviation Kim Becker. Emceeing the event was Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino who broke an oversized fortune cookie and read a message to officially commemorate the launch of the new Beijing-Silicon Valley flight and to welcome Hainan to San José.
“Mineta San José International Airport is the choice for Silicon Valley executives who travel to Asia,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “We congratulate Hainan Airlines on its inaugural nonstop service between Silicon Valley and Beijing which commences today and thank our newest international carrier for its significant investment in San José. I strongly encourage all business and leisure travelers to fly Hainan’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner to mainland China from SJC.”
The 213-seat, two-cabin class Dreamliner offers 36 seats in Business and 177 seats in Economy. This service marks Hainan’s entry into the Bay Area market through the convenient SJC gateway. According to City studies and airline information, the flight’s economic impact for the San José region is estimated at $105 million annually and adds 52 San José-based jobs.
“Since we began our Seattle route in June 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the award-winning service that Hainan Airlines provides between the U.S. and China,” said Mu. “Now we are looking forward to welcoming even more travelers from Silicon Valley. With the growth of the technology industry, trade between China and the U.S., and especially this region, has expanded. Travelers will no longer have to endure traffic and taking longer routings when they are flying to or from Silicon Valley, and San José Airport is known for its amenities and accessibility Flights depart from SJC’s Terminal B. * Visit www.hainanairlines.com for fares and information. and have a growing focus on developing more business across Asia and the China market in particular. Hainan’s nonstop flights to Beijing with connections to other Chinese cities provides greater opportunities to enhance this business and take advantage of more efficient travel options.
With more than 220,000 Silicon Valley residents with Chinese heritage, China also is a top destination for travelers returning to visit family and friends. The service also is expected to be popular with tourists and college students traveling between the Bay Area and China.
Hainan’s service between Silicon Valley and Beijing is the first in a series of three new direct routes between the U.S. and Mainland China debuting in June, part of the airline’s large-scale expansion of its service in North America. Hainan is inaugurating service between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Shanghai-Pudong on June 20, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Shanghai-Pudong on June 22. Together, these new routes double Hainan’s service between China and the U.S.
SJC recently completed renovations to two boarding gates, doubling the airport’s international gate capacity. Arriving international passengers receive expedited processing and reduced wait times with automated Global Entry kiosks in SJC’s International Arrivals facility.
Beijing service is the third nonstop market for SJC in 2015. Southwest Airlines launched a daily flight to Dallas (Love Field) in April, and will double this service beginning Nov. 1, 2015. Alaska Airlines will add nonstop service to Eugene, Oregon on Nov. 5, 2015.
About Hainan Airlines
Hainan Airlines was founded in 1993 and has grown to be China’s largest independent airline, with a fleet of about 130 aircraft, including wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A330 jetliners. The airline is a subsidiary of the HNA Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, which has interests in logistics, tourism, hotels, financial services, as well as air transportation. Hainan began service to the United States in 2008 and has progressively grown internationally, transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers to and from China and North America. The airline has a wide domestic network in China, serving more than 600 routes linking 90 cities, as well as points in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. It is a service-oriented enterprise, earning numerous awards for safety, punctuality and a high-quality product. Based in Haikou on Hainan Island, the carrier has offices in Boston, Chicago, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Seattle and Toronto in North America. Learn more at www.hainanairlines.com.
About Mineta San José International Airport
Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s airport, a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José. SJC served 9.4 million passengers in 2014, a 7 percent increase year-over-year. SJC offers approximately 140 peak daily flights on 11 domestic and international carriers to 32 nonstop destinations. SJC’s five-star customer service experience sets it apart from other Bay Area and US airports. Airlines and passengers respond positively to SJC’s customer amenities, including modern terminal buildings, free and fast WiFi, comfortable seating with built-in power outlets, a luxurious, award-winning lounge open to all travelers, a rental car center conveniently located across from the terminals and Global Entry kiosks to expedite arriving international passengers. Silicon Valley’s airport is located in San José, California’s third largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. SJC facts can be found here. For more airport information, visit www.flysanjose.com.
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