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Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
China's Hainan Airlines today announced it plans to begin nonstop service from
September 3, 2013. Mainland
China's only certified Skytrax® five-star airline will operate two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with departure and arrival times that allow for convenient connections from points throughout
the United States. The new flight will complement the carrier's existing North American service to
Flight 498 will depart
3:30 pm and arrive in
6:40 pm the following day. Flight 497 will depart
1:20 pm and arrive in
1:30 pm the same day. Connections to and from points throughout
China are also possible. Cargo service will be offered.
"Securing new investment and interaction between
China is a high priority for Mayor
Rahm Emanuel, and new air service from
Hainan, a mainland
China-based carrier, is a critical step in that direction," said
Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. "We continue to invest in O'Hare's amenities and services for travelers across the globe, including those from
Asia. These investments, coupled with new service, are all key to enhancing
Chicago's status as a world-class city."
"Since we began our
Seattle route in
June 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the award-winning service Hainan Airlines provides between
the United States and
China," said Mr.
Ji Chun Liu, Director of
Hainan's International Department. "Now we are looking forward to welcoming even more travelers from
Chicago and throughout the eastern
Business class passengers are pampered with priority check-in and access to the lounge. On board, they can relax in luxurious seats that convert into fully flat beds and feature 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.