Hainan Airlines to Operate 787 Dreamliner on Shanghai-Toronto Route
By Joy Wong, WCARN.com | Feb. 14, 2014
Hainan Airlines (HU) plans to launch a new service linking Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) with Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) on May 26, to compete with its rivals Air China (CA) and China Eastern Airlines (MU), according to people familiar with the matter.
The airline will deploy its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route with two flights weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. Flight HU7937 is scheduled to take off from PVG at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at YYZ at 1:50 p.m., with the return flight HU7938 departing YYZ at 3:50 p.m. and arriving at PVG at 6:50 p.m.
In addition, Air China has been approved to launch Shanghai-Toronto route using a Boeing 773 aircraft this month. China Eastern also plans to open the route from June.
The new services will increase the frequency of Shanghai-Toronto route to more than 10 flights per week, bringing more options to travelers.
The Haikou-based carrier has ordered 10 787 Dreamliners, and 6 of them are already in service.
Hainan Airlines' 787 Dreamliner has 36 full, flat-bed business seats configured in rows of 2-2-2, as well as 177 economy seats configured in rows of 3-3-3. Each seat has a 15-inch, touch screen panel and a power outlet. Each business seat also has a USB port.
Hainan Airlines currently operates its Dreamliners on some of the most popular domestic routes which include Beijing-Changsha, Beijing-Chengdu, Beijing-Haikou, Beijing-Hangzhou, Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Kunming, Beijing-Sanya and Beijing-Xiamen, as well as international routes from Beijing to Seattle and Chicago.
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