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Airline adding direct service between Boston, Shanghai

February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese airline plans to offer the first nonstop service between Boston and Shanghai.

Hainan Airlines and Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement Wednesday at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Hainan says it will offer three roundtrip flights per week between Boston and Shanghai starting in June on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The flights will begin exactly one year after the airline launched the first nonstop service between Boston and China, beginning with four weekly flights between Logan International Airport and Beijing. That will expand to daily service in May.

Baker said the flights to China are another way of bringing Massachusetts to the world and the world to Massachusetts.

Hainan also announced plans this week to add service between Seattle and Shanghai, and San Jose and Beijing.

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