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