Hainan Airlines marketing director Hou Wei reiterated that internationalisation remains the focus of the carrier’s strategy, adding the carrier plans to increase frequencies across its international network including the US and Brussels, as reported by Caijing. Mr Hou’s statement comes as Hainan Airlines’ reciprocal codeshare agreement with American Airlines was approved by the US Department of Transportation (DoT) last week. The carriers are expected to complete systems testing by mid Mar-2012 and implement the codeshare agreement during the 2012 summer schedule. According to Mr Hou, the carrier has approximately 10 aircraft deployed on its international routes and the carrier is scheduled to take delivery of the first of 10 Boeing 787s in 3Q2012.
21-Feb-2012 9:42 AM