Hainan Airlines Earns 'Best Airline in China' Award from Skytrax 2008 World Airline Awards

Aug 26, 2008, 01:00 ET from Hainan Airlines

    SEATTLE, Aug. 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Hainan Airlines is proud to
 have been selected as the ''Best Airline in China'' in the Skytrax 2008
 World Airline Awards. London-based Skytrax evaluates the quality of 25
 different aspects of an airline's product and service and is the only
 recognized global passenger survey of airline quality standards. Over 15
 million respondents were surveyed online, via e-mail, in panel interviews,
 by telephone, and in person from August 2007 to June 2008.
     As the largest non-government airline in China, Hainan Airlines is a
 well known brand, with an extensive route system. It is part of the HNA
 Group. Having started operations in 1993, the airline has, over the years,
 collected numerous awards for service, punctuality, and operational
     In the United States, however, Hainan is a relatively new name on the
 trans-Pacific scene, but is rapidly earning a reputation for fine service
 that sets it apart. Having begun non-stop service from Seattle to Beijing
 in June 2008, the airline pleasantly surprises first time flyers with
 attentive flight attendants and bright, clean and comfortable cabins. While
 a launch customer for the Boeing 787, Hainan has begun the route with a new
 Airbus A330-200 with 36 Business Class and 185 Economy Class seats. The
 aircraft is equipped with a personal entertainment system on demand for
 every passenger that provides a choice of 50 each video and audio
 selections, 10 games, a continuously updating route progress map, and other
 features. Both Chinese and Western cuisine are offered.
     Hainan's spacious Business Class cabin has been lauded by travelers for
 its plush, comfortable seats that recline to a fully flat 180 degrees. A
 generous 74 inch pitch, larger than some airlines' First Class seat pitch,
 allows even basketball players to stretch out. Fine cuisine, served on
 Wedgwood china, is complemented by fine wines and amenities. There's even
 an espresso machine on board. How could an airline operate to and from
 Seattle and not offer lattes?
     Hainan's international Business Class passengers are also treated as
 honored guests upon arrival and departure from Beijing's Capital
 International Airport Terminal 2. Complimentary private limo service is
 provided between the airport and points within the city. This can be
 arranged as little as four hours before departure or as long as 30 days
     Seattle is the closest U.S. city with nonstop service to Beijing, with
 the flight lasting only about eleven hours. Beijing is a popular gateway to
 the rest of China as well as exotic locales such as Mongolia and
     A number of special fare promotions are offered to acquaint American
 travelers to China with Hainan Airlines. These include special Business
 Class and economy fares and a China pass that allows domestic flights
 within China to be added to a ticket at a discount. Flying to Shanghai?
 Hainan's fares even allow travel to Shanghai with a free stopover in
     Editor's Note: A photo of the Skytrax Award logo is available upon
     About Hainan Airlines
     Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines carries more than 14 million
 passengers annually and flies to more than 60 domestic and international
 cities, including the capitals of every Chinese province. Hainan Airlines
 international flights include Budapest, Brussels, and St. Petersburg, with
 most recent additions being new services to Berlin and Taipei. North
 American toll free information numbers are 1-888-688-8813 for English
 speakers, 1-888- 688-8876 for Chinese speakers. North American website is
 http://www.hnair.com/us .
For more information, please contact: Joel Chusid Hainan Airlines Tel: +1-206-453-0276 Email: jmchusid@aol.com

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