28 May 2008

First direct air service between China and Hawaii

11:08 am on 28 May 2008

A Beijing-based charter company is planning to begin six weekly nonstop flights to Honolulu this year, in what will be the first direct air service between China and Hawaii.

It will offer three flights from Tianjin, tentatively beginning July 28, and the same number from Hangzhou in October.

Mega Global Airway will use Boeing 767 airliners that can carry 220 to 240 passengers on the flights, which will continue on to Las Vegas. It says the first six months already are sold out.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports the new service comes one month after a pact was signed between China and the US allowing for the first time, Chinese group leisure travel to the U.S.