by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 04, 2013
Hainan Airlines of China will begin nonstop flights between Boston's Logan International Airport and Beijing in June, having received approval this week from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Boston Herald last week reported the flights will increase business opportunities dramatically for local industries ranging from high technology to clean energy to tourism. The flights initially will be offered four times a week using Boeing 787s. Hainan started flying from Chicago on Sept. 3. The Herald says the number of Chinese visitors to Boston were second only to those from the United Kingdom last year, and they've jumped 287 percent to 147,000 people a year since 2008.