That was the message delivered by Governor Patrick, Massport’s CEO Tom Glynn and Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President Paul Guzzi as they officially welcomed Hainan Airlines to Boston.
The event took place in the afternoon at The State House before a large crowd of tourism officials. The new flights to Beijing, China will begin with four flights a week on June 20th of next year.
Governor Patrick and Massport officials have been meeting with Hainan since 2007. The startup was delayed because of delivery problems with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that will be used in the China service.
Boston can thank Boeing for helping to make the new flights possible. Boeing’s 787 Japan Airlines flights have been a success. The new long distance fuel-efficient jets make economic sense for international carriers as they open new routes.
The Hainan flights will have 36 flat-bed seats in Business Class as well as 177 seats in economy class.
Flight 481 will depart Boston’s Logan Airport at 5:10 p.m., four days a week, arriving in Beijing at 6:50 p.m. the next day. The flight will take about 13 hours "
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