Hainan Airlines (Haikou and Beijing) has announced it will launch the only nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to inland China on January 21, 2016. Hainan will connect passengers to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, a metropolis of over 7 million people famous for its world-renowned cuisine and rich history.
The new route is part of Hainan’s large-scale expansion in North America. On the west coast, Hainan already operates nonstop service between San Jose (Silicon Valley) (SJC) and Beijing, and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Beijing and Shanghai. This complements the airlines’ direct routes between Beijing and Chicago, Boston and Toronto, and between Shanghai and Boston.
All North American routes – including the new service between LAX and Changsha – are flown by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, making Hainan the airline with the most nonstop 787 Dreamliner routes between China and North America.
Beginning January 21, the newest route departs LAX Terminal 2 on Mondays and Thursdays at 12:35 pm and arrives Changsha at 7:20 pm the following day. Return flights depart Changsha at 1:00 pm and arrive LAX at 10:35 am the same day. LAX times are one hour later after March 12 due to Daylight Savings Time.