Air Route to Link Central China's Wuhan and San Francisco from April
By JuneYe, WCARN.com | Mar. 13, 2013
A direct air route linking Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, and San Francisco of the U.S., is expected to be opened in April, authorities said.
According to an agreement singed on Mar. 12 by Wuhan Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (MU), the Wuhan-Shanghai-San Francisco flights will be available starting from April 26, with three round trip flights per week.
The Wuhan-Shanghai-San Francisco service will be operated on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, using Airbus A33E aircraft which has a capacity of 230 passengers in each single flight.The outbound flight MU589 is scheduled to take off from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WHU) at 9:30 a.m., with a stopover at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), and then arrive in San Francisco at 9:30 a.m. The return flight MU590 will depart San Francisco at 12:00 p.m., with the arrival in Wuhan at 8:00 p.m., the next day (All local time).
Each single journey will take about 16 hours (including two hours for a stopover at PVG). The round-trip fare will be less than 3,000 yuan (excluding tax) if ticket is booked ahead of time during the initial stage of the operation.
Passengers will declare the customs and finish the check-in for the whole trip including luggage check-in at WHU.
The soon-to-be-opened San Francisco route will make Wuhan's international air routes to add up to 22. It is learned that Wuhan will successively launch a number of other international flights to Sydney, Dubai, Bangkok, Seoul, etc., in 2013.
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