The U.S. Department of Transportation today granted an application from Hainan Airlines, a carrier of China, to provide new scheduled service between Chicago and Beijing.
"This is good news for air travelers in the Chicago area and around the United States," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "This service will provide the public with an additional option for traveling to China."
There currently is no nonstop service between Chicago and Beijing by a Chinese carrier using its own aircraft. Both American Airlines and United Air Lines currently provide daily nonstop service in the Chicago-Beijing market.
Hainan filed its application on June 18. No objections were filed to Hainan's application, which sought rights available under the U.S.-China aviation agreement. Hainan proposes initially to operate four-times-weekly service, using Boeing 787 aircraft, beginning in the second quarter of 2013.
The Department's order is available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2007-0066.