That's what today's Boston Globe says. Hainan Airlines has been given the authority from the Chinese government to serve ONE U.S. city...and that city will be Boston.
The article goes on to say that cargo service will start this summer (with what type of aircraft, I have no clue...seems like the biggest they operate is the 767-300). Passenger service will start toward year-end, and again it would seem to be the 767-300 unless the carrier has some other aircraft better suited for the run from Logan to Shanghai and Beijing.
The article goes on to say the 787 will be used, once that type enters service. But since that's two years off, I guess the 767-300 will need to do unless the carrier has plans to lease a long-legged 777 or Airbus for the purpose.
Obviously Boston Mayor Menino--who couldn't tell a 777 from an MD
-11 if his life depended on it--is falling all over himself with this news. And of course he's taking full credit for this announcement and will no doubt morph it into some grand strategy to make Boston the center of the Global economy.
Yes, the good people of Boston have managed to re-elect this guy for four straight terms.
Still, it's great to see plans for Boston-Asia service coming to reality.
Chris in NH