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Hainan Airlines To Open Chengdu-Chicago Route From September 16

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Hainan Airlines plans to officially open the Chengdu-Chicago direct flight on September 16. This is another North American direct flight route opened in Chengdu after the Chengdu-Los Angeles and Chengdu-New York routes. Passengers can depart from Chengdu easily to visit the United States.

It is understood that the Chengdu-Chicago route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 2 times weekly frequency. The cabin layout is spacious and comfortable. The business class is equipped with 180-degree flat seats, BOSE noise-reducing headphones and branded toiletries. Exclusive entertainment on-demand system and East-West cuisine for passengers on both end.

Located in the middle of the United States, Chicago is adjacent to Lake Michigan and is one of the top three cities in the United States, known for its culture, architecture, sports, and cuisine. There is a world-class museum, the Art Museum of Chicago, and the Cloud Gate of Millennium Park, which has been photographed in film and television. It is the hometown of skyscrapers. The city skyline is famous all over the world and is also the home of the NBA Bulls. Chicago is also known as the “Building Capital”, “Music Capital”, “Food Capital”, with music festivals and food festivals throughout the year. With the opening of the Chengdu-Chicago route, travelers can explore the wonders and charm of Chicago more easily.

Chengdu is the gateway to the southwest region and has the reputation of “the fourth city of aviation” in China. It is an international regional center city that is the key to China’s national “13th Five-Year Plan”. In recent years, Hainan Airlines has actively responded to the call by continuing to invest in capacity. It has opened two long-distance intercontinental routes between Chengdu-Los Angeles and Chengdu-New York. The opening of the Chengdu-Chicago route will further improve the route network from Chengdu to North America, meet the increasingly diverse travel needs of travelers in Chengdu and Southwest China, and promote more in-depth exchanges and cooperation between Chengdu and Chicago in tourism and culture.

Up to now, Hainan Airlines has opened 19 North American routes, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Mexico City, Tijuana, forming a rapid transit. The intermodal network layout of intermodal transportation provides a more diverse choice for passengers traveling in North America. At the same time, Hainan Airlines also provides passengers with a wide range of products such as package deals, superior seat selection, business class car transfer, prepaid baggage, upgrade, and air-rail connections to meet the travel needs of different passengers, making it more convenient and comfortable for passengers.

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SAS Resume Once Weekly Flight To Shanghai With A350

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From 29 September, Scandinavian Airlines will once again be possible to fly direct to China. Direct flights between Scandinavia and China with SAS has been stopped since 31 January. The airline has obtained approval from the Chinese authorities and is reopening the route from its hub from Copenhagen to Shanghai with a weekly frequency.


SAS will resume flights from Copenhagen Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport on September 29, 2020. The flight runs once a week from Copenhagen to Shanghai every Tuesday and from Shanghai to Copenhagen every Thursday. This route will use our brand new Airbus 350 to fly. The Airbus 350 has advanced engines and cabins, which can reduce emissions by 30% compared to the models it replaces. The specific flight schedule is as follows:

  • SK997 takes off from Copenhagen at 18:40 and arrives in Shanghai at 10:55+1 (the next day)
  • SK998 Departs from Shanghai at 13:10 and arrives at Copenhagen at 18:30

The reopening of this route is vital for trade. 

With the reopening of the route, SAS is aiming to meet demand for business travel and air freight services between Scandinavia and China.

At the end of October, SAS is also planning to resume flights to Beijing provided that SAS obtains the necessary approval from the authorities.


SAS is currently flying to 75 destinations and operates up to 380 flights a day. 

SAS is monitoring market developments on a weekly basis and is ready to step up its services when travel restrictions are eased and demand for travel increases again. 

SAS has introduced a range of measures aimed at meeting new demands in the work to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please find more information here.


SAS Business Class Cabin Bar
SAS Business Class Cabin Bar

Regarding Onboard Service:

SAS Gold airport lounge at Copenhagen Airport is now open and has been adjusted according to the current situation, providing some packaged food and some buffet meals. SAS have also stepped up cleaning efforts and focused on maintaining a safe distance and reducing contact.

During the flight, meals and beverages are being provided no matter which class you are in, passengers can enjoy two meals during the flight, however, the bar in business class was temporarily closed during this period. The catering services will be different from the past due to pandemic restrictions.



SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, flies 30 million passengers to, from and within Scandinavia each year. The airline has three main hubs – Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm – with more than 125 destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainable values, SAS will reduce total carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025 and use sustainable aviation fuel equivalent to the total fuel used to operate all SAS domestic flights, by 2030.

In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founder member of the Star AllianceTM, and together with its partner airlines offers around 19,000 daily flights to over 1,300 destinations worldwide.

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