Hainan Airlines has revealed that it will launch its first ever flights to the Californian city of San Jose this summer.
Announced in an official Weibo update, the Chinese airline said it will start operating five weekly services to the Silicon Valley hub, direct from Beijing, using its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Commencing in June this year, the new service will depart Beijing Capital International Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1430, arriving at San Jose’s Norman Y Mineta International Airport at 1110. On the return leg, flights will depart Silicon Valley at 1310 and get back into Beijing at 1640 the next day.
The San Jose route will be operated using a 213-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, with 36 seats in business class and 177 in economy.
Unsurprisingly, it will be the first direct service from Beijing to San Jose, but not the first link from Asia; ANA currently flies direct between the Californian city and Tokyo, also using a Dreamliner.
San Jose will become Hainan Airlines’ fifth destination in North America, following Toronto, Seattle, Chicago and Boston, all of which operate from Beijing. And the carrier is also planning to fly from Shanghai to Seattle and Boston this year.