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:
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
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
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
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.
Rainmaking + ESG Launch Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator
Rainmaking, one of the world’s leading corporate innovation and venture development firms that create, accelerate and scale new business, has partnered with Enterprise Singapore (ESG), a government agency that champions enterprise development, to launch Singapore’s first ‘Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator’.
The new programme will unite startups and enterprises to boost scalable technology solutions that help fuel supply chain resilience by addressing pain points in transport and logistics.
Over the last 13 years, Rainmaking has launched 30 ventures totalling US$2bn, including Startupbootcamp. Having invested in over 900 startups that have raised more than US$1bn, Startupbootcamp is one of the world’s most active global investors and accelerators.
The new programme looks to help build more resilient supply chains for Singapore’s burgeoning network of startups by leveraging its advantageous position as a global trade and connectivity hub. As part of the Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator programme, no less than 20 startups with high-growth potential will have the opportunity to become a part of Singapore’s vibrant ecosystem of startups.
Calling Supply Chain Solution Startups!
The programme will kick off with an open call for startups who specialise in supply chain solutions for end-to-end visibility, analytics, automation and sustainability.
Applicants will then be shortlisted and receive nurturing from Rainmaking, fostering valuable engagements with corporates to drive scalable pilots with the aim to stimulate investment opportunities.
“Covid-19 exposed the fragility of global trade, and the Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator is our opportunity to spot weak links and build back better. Piloting outside tech can be an incredibly efficient way to test viable solutions to big problems, provided you de-risk and design for scale. Our programme does precisely this by helping corporate decision-makers and startups to work on compelling business opportunities, anticipate operational risks, and ultimately co-create solutions fit for wider industry adoption,” said Angela Noronha, Director for Open Innovation at Rainmaking.
Pilots will run from Singapore, with the objective that relevant organisations may adopt successful solutions globally. To that end, Rainmaking is currently engaging with enterprises specialising in varying industry verticals and have expressed interest in partnering.
“Even as we continue to work with startups and corporations all over the globe, we are so pleased to be anchoring this program out of Singapore. With a perfect storm of tech talent, corporate innovators, and robust institutional support, it’s the ideal launchpad for testing new solutions that have the potential to change entire industries. We look forward to driving the transformation with the ecosystem,” added Angela Noronha.
One of the first selected corporate partners is Cargill, a leader in innovating and decarbonising food supply chains.
"Cargill is constantly exploring ways to improve the way we work and service our customers. Sustainability, smart manufacturing and supply chain optimisation are key areas of focus for us; exploring these from Singapore, where so many key players are already innovating, will help us form valuable partnerships from day one. We look forward to joining Rainmaking and ESG on this journey to work with, support, and grow the startup community by keeping them connected to industry needs,” said Dirk Robers, Cargill Digital Labs.
In order to raise awareness on the importance of building resilience and how technology can be leveraged to mitigate risks of disruption, industry outreach efforts will include fireside chats, discussions and demo days.
In July, Rainmaking will host a virtual insight sharing event for innovation partners as well as a ‘Deal Friday’ session that connects businesses, investors, and selected startups with investment and partnership opportunities.
Programme events will also benefit Institutes of Higher Learning by offering exposure to how advanced practitioners leverage new technologies to transform traditional supply chain management and share real-world case studies and lessons learned, better equipping next-gen supply chain leaders.
“As an advocate of market-oriented open innovation, we welcome programmes like the Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator, which aims to help companies resolve operational pain points, strengthen supply chain resilience and spur growth in a post-pandemic world. With a strong track record in driving open innovation initiatives for the transport and supply chain industry, we believe that Rainmaking’s in-depth knowledge of the ecosystem and network of global partners can complement Singapore’s efforts in accelerating our business community’s adoption of tech-enabled tools, to better manage future disruptions and capture opportunities arising from shifts in global supply chains. This will in turn help to strengthen our local ecosystem and Singapore’s status as a global hub for trade and connectivity,” said Law Chung Ming, Executive Director for Transport and Logistics, Enterprise Singapore.