Hainan Airlines has applied with the Department of Transportation for permission to fly from the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing to Los Angeles and New York.

The carrier, the largest privately owned airline in China, is seeking to begin flying the Los Angeles route eight or nine times per month during the first quarter of this year.

Hainan would like to begin flying from Chongqing to New York eight or nine times per month during the second quarter. It would fly a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a two-class configuration on both routes.

Chongqing, a city of approximately 9 million people, sits at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. Nicknamed the "Mountain City," it is a common starting port for Yangtze cruises.

Hainan currently flies to seven U.S. destinations: Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Jose, Chicago, Seattle and Las Vegas, with the Las Vegas-Beijing service having begun just last month.

The carrier's Chongqing application came a month after it asked the DOT permission to fly twice per week between Los Angeles and the Sichaun province capital of Chengdu and three times per week between New York and Chengdu.

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