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Hainan Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, introduces the new features

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8. The pictured Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1390 (msn 62183) was handed over on November 18, 2017.

The airline has taken the opportunity to spotlight the new type:


The Boeing 737 MAX 8 features an all-new engine and cutting-edge dual-feather winglets that reduce drag and fuel consumption compared with the conventional winglets on 737-800 aircraft.

The 737 MAX 8 uses a new noise-reducing engine that is 10 decibels quieter than the ICAO noise limit, ensuring a quieter trip.


More comfortable seating

  • Industry-leading, ergonomically designed slimline seating provides extra legroom without sacrificing comfort.
  • iPad holder for in-flight entertainment.
  • All-in-one magazine holder for extra legroom.
  • Powerful 2.1A USB power supply for charging portable devices.


All-new cabin design

  • New red and gray design
    Revamped cabin with the background color of the curtains and walls changed from red to light gray while retaining the same design, for a refreshed, comfortable and relaxed cabin interior.
  • Stylish Boeing Sky Interior
    Ultra-spacious cabin with larger, inset overhead baggage compartments and colored LED lighting.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Hainan Airlines): Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 B-1390 (msn 62183) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939883.


Hainan Airlines launches first nonstop service between New York (JFK) and Chengdu and Chongqing in western China

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937562.

Hainan Airlines, a unit of HNA Group and mainland China’s only Skytrax Five-Star airline, this week begins two new routes between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and the Chinese cities of Chengdu and Chongqing.

Services to Chongqing commenced on October 21 and to Chengdu on October 27 from JFK’s Terminal 4. Each route will operate twice weekly on Hainan Airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. With a capacity for over 60,000 passengers per year, it is the only nonstop service offered between New York City and China’s rapidly growing Sichuan province. Chongqing to New York will be Hainan Airlines’ longest flight route—nearly 7573 miles.

These new services represent the 13th and 14th nonstop trans-Pacific routes, following the West Coast launch earlier in the year.

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is widely recognized for its Giant Panda Breeding Center. But this traditional home of Sichuanese cooking city is fast-becoming the latest stop on the global food trail, as Chengdu is Asia’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Chengdu also strikes the perfect balance of traditional Chinese customs and modern cultural elements, from the many traditional tea houses to the 150 museums it boasts.

Chongqing is a major commercial center of 30 million people, renowned for its distinctive spicy cuisine, and its busy port along the Yangtze River. Chongqing is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage site of The Dazu Rock Carvings and Chinese religious sculptures and carvings that date back to the 7th Century. As the provisional capital of China from 1937 – 1945, Chongqing also has a rich wartime history.

Hainan Airline New Route Information

Through its partner, JetBlue, Hainan Airlines will offer connections to its network of over 70 destinations to passengers arriving from JFK.

Flight Route

Departure Time

Landing Time



Chongqing-New York HU415





New York-Chongqing HU416





Chengdu-New York HU7915





New York-Chengdu HU7916





Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2728 (msn 34938) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 937562.

Hainan Airlines launches new collaboration with DreamWorks Animation, announces “Kung Fu Panda”-themed Liveries – Six new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will feature special designs

Hainan Airlines' first "Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda" promotional livery, delivered on September 23, 2016

Copyright Photo: Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner B-1540 (msn 62715) (Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 935149.

Hainan Airlines has issued this statement:

On the occasion of its inaugural Boeing 787-9 flight to North America, Hainan Airlines announced on June 30, 2016 a new collaboration with DreamWorks Animation to feature the “Kung Fu Panda” film franchise on Hainan’s award-winning fleet, which provides nonstop service between China and seven North American destinations.

Hainan 787-9 B-7880 (12)(Tko) PAE (Hainan)(LR)

Photo: Hainan Airlines.

The agreement will include up to six specially designed “Kung Fu Panda”-themed liveries for Hainan’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, delivered in 2016 and 2017. These full-wrap designs will showcase characters and scenes from the blockbuster film franchise, including Po, Tigress, Monkey and others, and will remain for a three-year period.

Kung Fu Panda

“The ‘Kung Fu Panda’ story is deeply rooted in Chinese history, culture and society,” said Hou Wei, Vice President of Marketing at Hainan Airlines. “We are excited to partner with an iconic American movie studio and strengthen the bridge connecting China and North America. Hainan Airlines is proud to extend its elite experience and top-rated customer service to celebrate these outstanding films and characters.”

“Stay tuned for an exciting opportunity for fans of “Kung Fu Panda”, Hainan and Boeing to be a part of this landmark collaboration,” continued Mr. Hou. “We will make an announcement soon about how you can create an original piece of aviation history.”

The inaugural flight of Hainan’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to Los Angeles is a nod to the home of DreamWorks Animation, the Hollywood studio that produced the “Kung Fu Panda” movies. Hainan is China’s only airline to operate both the 787-8 and now the newest 787-9 Dreamliner in its fleet. The larger 787-9 features 289 seats in a two-class configuration and is an update to Boeing’s industry-leading airplane, which includes features such as Wi-Fi and an all new personal entertainment system.

When “Kung Fu Panda 3” was released in early 2016, two versions of the movie were created, one with animation that matched the English audio, one with Chinese-language animation, a first for an animated feature. ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ is the first film co-produced by DreamWorks’ Shanghai-based venture Oriental DreamWorks, established in 2012. All three “Kung Fu Panda” films will be available on demand on board Hainan’s Dreamliners this summer.

“We are thrilled to team with Hainan for this exciting collaboration which connects ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to fans and travelers in an entirely new way,” said Mimi Slavin, Head of Global Promotions, DreamWorks Animation. “This campaign reinforces DreamWorks Animation’s ongoing commitment to the Chinese market and only serves to further enhance our connections to fans throughout Asia and around the world.”

Hainan Airlines is Mainland China’s largest independent airline, and is the only Mainland Chinese airline with a perfect five-star rating from Skytrax, the international airline ratings agency, five years in a row. The airline is expanding its North American service, flying nonstop between China and Seattle, Silicon Valley (SJC), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago, Boston and Toronto. Today, Hainan also inaugurates its nonstop service between Calgary (YYC) and Beijing, the first airline to fly nonstop between Calgary and China.

Business class passengers enjoy priority check-in and luxurious seats that convert to fully-flat beds. Gourmet Chinese and Western cuisine as well as award-winning wines, freshly brewed espresso and high-quality tea are available. Amenity kits feature Bulgari® cosmetics. Premium passengers can also reserve complimentary private chauffeured car service between home, the airport and their destination in both the U.S. and China. A state of the art entertainment system offers over 100 movies, audio selections and games on demand for all passengers.

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Hainan Airlines starts nonstop Beijing – Manchester service

Hainan Airlines' Beijing to Manchester maiden flight successfully touches down at Manchester Airport (PRNewsFoto/Hainan Airlines Co., LTD)

Hainan Airlines’ Beijing to Manchester maiden flight successfully touches down at Manchester Airport (PRNewsFoto/Hainan Airlines Co., LTD)

On June 10, 2016, a Hainan Airlines’ Airbus A330 took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and landed at the Manchester Airport after a more than 10-hour flight. China-based Hainan Airlines formally opened a direct air route between Beijing and Manchester.

To welcome its first passengers on the flight to Manchester, Hainan Airlines had the words “Hai! Manchester” painted on the side of the aircraft (above) in celebration of the maiden journey. In addition, Hainan Airlines flight attendants prepared limited-edition postcards and British-themed gift sets for each passenger. The exciting range of maiden voyage activities highlight Hainan Airlines as an international, exclusive air service brand.

Hainan Airlines’ air route between Beijing and Manchester enables the first direct air service between the two big cities. The addition of the route at this time is also in response to and in support of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the program rolled out by Chinese President Xi Jinping, to rebuild a modern equivalent of the ancient silk route that joined China to Europe in ancient times, as well as the Northern Powerhouse program, the UK government’s program to boost economic growth in the north of England. The direct route creates not only an air traffic bridge between the two cities but also a new Silk Road in the air.

In 2016, Hainan Airlines opened several international routes, including Changsha-Los Angeles, Beijing-Tel Aviv and Beijing-Manchester. The new Beijing-Calgary route is scheduled to be launched later this month.

Photo: Hainan Airlines.

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Hainan Airlines to fly the Los Angeles – Changsha, China route

Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2739 (msn 38055) SJC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930154.

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) has announced it will launch the only nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to inland China on January 21, 2016. Hainan will connect passengers to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, a metropolis of over 7 million people famous for its world-renowned cuisine and rich history.

The new route is part of Hainan’s large-scale expansion in North America. On the west coast, Hainan already operates nonstop service between San Jose (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, making Hainan the airline with the most nonstop 787 Dreamliner routes between China and North America.


Beginning January 21, the newest 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.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2739 (msn 38055) departs from San Jose.

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Hainan Airlines is coming to Manchester

Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) announced in Manchester, UK that the airline will be launching a Beijing – Manchester route in June of 2016. The new route will be the first nonstop service between the two cities.

The Beijing – Manchester route will be Hainan Airlines’ sixth international route following the launch of the Chongqing – Rome , Beijing -San Jose, Shanghai – Boston , Shanghai – Seattle and Beijing – Prague routes earlier this year.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner B-2722 (msn 34939) arrives at the Beijing hub.

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Alaska Airlines and Hainan Airlines move one step closer

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has announced a new mileage-sharing agreement with fast-growing Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing). This will give Alaska and Hainan more opportunities to connect passengers and also to move one step closer especially at the SeaTac hub in a growing competition with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta). Alaska issued this statement:

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Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma)is enhancing its unique partner portfolio in Mileage PlanTM by adding China-based carrier Hainan Airlines. Hainan operates a modern fleet to over 90 destinations throughout the world. From Seattle/Tacoma, Hainan flies nonstop to Beijing and Shanghai, and offers an extensive network throughout China, including several top destinations for Pacific Northwest business travelers. Hainan also flies from San Jose, California to Beijing.

Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan can begin earning miles on Hainan starting July 23, and through Oct. 31, 2015 the airline is offering double miles.* Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club members also will be able to earn double miles on Alaska flights, starting July 23, through Oct. 31, 2015.

“Alaska is expanding its international partner portfolio with the addition of Hainan, giving our Mileage Plan members more ways to earn miles for their travel from the West Coast to Shanghai and Beijing and on connecting flights within China,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “Hainan offers business and main cabin service with distinctly Chinese touches such as traditional tea service, which will appeal to our culture-savvy Northwest customers. And with double miles, our customers can reach their next adventures faster.”

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Hainan offers business class passengers 180-degree flat seats with turndown service, gourmet cuisine created with unique Chinese culinary skills and award-winning wines on trans-Pacific flights. Business class passengers also receive complimentary private limo service both at U.S. and China gateway cities.

Harrison added that Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to redeem miles on Hainan later in 2015, and that Alaska and Hainan will continue to enhance their partnership by recognizing and extending elite reciprocal benefits to members of Mileage Plan and Fortune Wings Club by fall. Earned flight miles on Hainan currently qualify toward elite status in Mileage Plan.

“Seattle/Tacoma was Hainan’s first North American gateway, opened in 2008, and since then we have carried hundreds of thousands of people between the U.S. and China,” said Hou Wei, Hainan Airlines vice president. “We have long connected passengers to and from Alaska Airlines and are excited to be able to offer members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan the ability to earn miles on Hainan. Hainan’s Fortune Wings Club members will also be able to earn miles on Alaska Airlines flights.”