United States: Chinese Airline to Launch Beijing – Silicon Valley Route

Airlines and Aviation

Hainan Airlines launches 3 new routes between China and the United States, including the first service from any Chinese city to San Jose, which is situated in the heart of California's Silicon Valley.

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Terminal B at San Jose International Airport. Photo Credit: Aries Liang.


Hainan Airlines will launch the first ever nonstop airline service between Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) on 15 June 2015.

Sitting at the heart of California's fabled Silicon Valley, San Jose International Airport is roughly 50 miles, or a one hour's drive, south of San Francisco.

The Chinese airline will launch 2 more new routes to the United States in June.

Nonstop flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in Massachussetts and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) will begin on 20 June. Flights linking Shanghai with Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) will begin on 22 June.

The Beijing – San Jose link will operate 5 days a week. The airline will fly Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route.

Airbus 330-200s will be used on the Shanghai – Boston route, which will operate 3 times weekly. The same airliner will be used on the Shanghai – Seattle route, which will operate 4 times per week.

San Jose Airport 101

Originally a small regional airport with limited airline service other cities in California, San Jose International Airport got its first interstate airline service with the arrival of United Airlines in 1968. A parade of other air carriers followed over the following years.

American Airlines turned the airport into a hub in 1988, launching service to several domestic foreign travel destinations.

At one time, the airline flew to the following international travel destinations from San Jose: Paris, France; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Following the 9/11 terrorists attracks and the dot-com bust of 2001, American Airlines started scaling back its presence at the airport, dropping its last international route – the San Jose – Tokyo link – in 2006.

Air Canada also stopped serving the airport.

Bay Area Airports

All Nippon Airways introduced nonstop flights linking San Jose with Tokyo Narita International Airport in 2013. The airport is also served by Volaris, a low-cost carrier offering flights from San Jose to Mexico.

San Jose Airport is one of 3 international airports in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of international flights operate out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is served by roughly 20 foreign air carriers and handles 95% of the region's overseas traffic.

Oakland International Airport is served by Norwegian Air Shuttle, which offers fights to Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden.

SATA offers seasonal service to the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. Volaris also flies from Oakland to several cities in Mexico.

With a population of 1,000,536 people, San Jose is the 3rd largest city in California after Los Angeles and San Diego and the 10th largest city in the United States.

San Jose sits at the heart of Silicon Valley. It is 77 kilometres, or 48 miles, south of San Francisco. Driving time is just under one hour.

San Francisco might be one of the world's most famous cities, but its population is significantly smaller than San Jose's.

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