Five Chinese airlines operating in the USA

Xiamen Airlines was recently welcomed to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a water cannon salute, making it the fifth Chinese passenger aviator to have operations in US airspace.

Since the first scheduled non-stop flight between China and the USA in 1996 between Detroit and Beijing, the number of flights and airlines offering routes has slowly but surely grown. A recent estimate from Boyd Group International said that annual US arrivals from China will at least double, going from 2.4 million in 2015 to over 6.5 million in 2020.

Without further ado, here’s a brief summary of each Chinese airline operating in the US:   

5. Xiamen Airlines

One of China’s largest air carriers, Xiamen Airlines is the only Chinese carrier to use a fleet entirely consisting of Boeing aircraft, of which it has 140, with as many as 30 more on the way. Xiamen’s new route between Seattle and Shenzhen will fly three times a week using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. It is also a member of Sky Team – the world’s second largest air alliance

4. Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines is the largest privately-owned airline in China and has been rated five stars by Skytrax. Hainan flies non-stop from Beijing to Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and San Jose. Hainan also flies non-stop flights from Shanghai to Boston and Seattle. Hainan is looking to grow its coverage in the US and will will begin nonstop flights from Beijing to Las Vegas from December this year

3. China Southern

China Southern is the largest in Asia in terms of fleet size, revenue, and passengers.  Southern flies non-stop between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, between Wuhan and San Francisco, and between Guangzhou and San Francisco. Capturing the growth of Chinese tourism and business travel to the US, Southern opened a direct flight from Guangzhou to New York in late 2014

2. China Eastern

A member of Sky Team and China’s second largest airline, China Eastern flies non-stop Shanghai flights to Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and San Francisco – it also flies non-stop from Nanjing to Los Angeles

1. Air China

Air China is China’s flag carrier and is a member of Star Alliance – the world’s largest air alliance. The airliner flies non-stop Beijing flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Houston, Honolulu, and Washington. 

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