In mid-2013 the growth of major Chinese airlines mirrored the high-growth of the Chinese economy with the trans-Pacific routes being a major focus-area for the airlines.
Xiamen Airlines, the oldest privately-owned airline in China, ordered 6 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for operation on long-haul routes linking Xiamen in China’s Fujian Province to North America, Europe and Australia.
China Eastern Airlines, based in Shanghai, launched twice weekly flights between Qingdao and San Francisco. It also began using Boeing 777-300ERs on its flights to Shanghai from New York in 2014. China Eastern began operating non-stop flights between Shanghai’s Pudong Airport (PVG) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in April 2013.
Air China, the Chinese flag-carrier based in Beijing, began 4-weekly non-stop flights between Houston’s George Bush Airport (IAH) and Beijing (PEK) in July 2014.
Hainan Airlines, one of China’s largest airlines, launched 4 flights per week between Chicago and Beijing in September 2013. It also applied for approval for non-stop Beijing to Boston flights beginning in April 2014.
Hainan’s non-stop Beijing to Boston flights increased to daily flights in May 2015. Additionally, Hainan began flights from Boston to Shanghai in June 2015 with 2-class Boeing Dreamliners operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The airline also offers flights to Seattle and Toronto from Beijing.