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New Shangri-La Hotel Opens in Hefei, Eastern China

New Shangri-La Hotel Opens in Hefei, Eastern China

Shangri-La Hotels announced the opening of a new property in Hefei, a city in Eastern China approximately 285 miles (460 kilometers) west of Shanghai.  The Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei is about half an hour from Xinqiao International Airport and Hefei Railway Station.
The 27-story hotel has 401 guestrooms and suites, ranging in size from 484 to 1,453 square feet (45 to 135 square meters).  Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and complimentary Wi-Fi, while …

Hainan Links Shanghai with Boston and Seattle

Hainan Links Shanghai with Boston and Seattle

Hainan Airlines announced the launch of new service between Shanghai and Boston, as well as between Shanghai and Seattle.  Boston and Shanghai are the carrier’s sixth and seventh destinations in North America, respectively.
Flights to Boston will depart Shanghai Pudong International Airport at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arrive at Boston Logan International Airport at 2:35 p.m.  From Boston, flights will depart at 4:34 p.m., also on Tuesdays, Thursdays, …

Hong Kong Airlines Expands Codeshare with Etihad

Hong Kong Airlines Expands Codeshare with Etihad

Hong Kong Airlines announced that it expanded its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways.  The two carriers first began codesharing in December of last year.
Going forward, Hong Kong Airlines will be allowed to place its code on Etihad’s daily service between Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.  Hong Kong Airlines will also be able to place its code on Etihad’s service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid, Spain.
In addition, Etihad plans to increase …

Hainan Airlines Begins Service Between Beijing and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines Begins Service Between Beijing and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines announced the launch of new service between San Jose, California and Beijing, China.  The carrier operates the service five days a week, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
Flights will depart Mineta San Jose International Airport at 1:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport at 4:40 p.m. the next day.  From Beijing, flights will depart at 2:30 p.m., also on Mondays, Wednesdays, …

Air China to Link Hangzhou with Bangkok and Osaka

Air China to Link Hangzhou with Bangkok and Osaka

Air China announced that it plans to launch new service from Hangzhou to Bangkok, Thailand, and to Osaka, Japan, over the next month.  The carrier will begin Hangzhou-Bangkok flights on June 12, with Hangzhou-Osaka service set to begin on July 1.
Flights to Bangkok will depart Hangzhou at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive in Bangkok at 2:10 a.m. the following day.  Flights from Bangkok to Hangzhou will …

United Airlines, Air China Increase Codesharing Routes

United Airlines, Air China Increase Codesharing Routes

United Airlines announced that it expanded its existing codeshare agreement with Air China.
Under the expansion, United will be allowed to place its code on 10 domestic Air China-operated flights, including service from Beijing to Mianyang, Taiyuan, Sanya, Shanghai Hongqiao, Yinchuan, Xining, Liuzhou, Haikou, and Lanzhou, as well as service from Shanghai Pudong to Yinchuan.
Meanwhile, Air China will be able to place its code on 12 domestic United routes, which include …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2015

Hawaii

On June 23, 1905, the Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, made its first flight.  The Flyer was the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers and with the modifications they made, it achieved substantially greater performance than their previous two efforts.
The Hotel Utah opened its doors in downtown Salt Lake City on June 9, 1911.  It remained open for 76 years, hosting such notable figures as U.S. …