Founded in the Hainan Province of China in 1993, Hainan Airlines offers services across 500 routes to more than 90 cities including Beijing, Seattle, Berlin and Brussels. The airline operates out of its main hub in Haikou, but also has bases in Beijing, Xi'an, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Dalian and Shenzhen. As of 2011, it is a SkyTrax 5-star airline.
Hainan Airlines operates as a part of the Fortune Wings Club, the frequent flyer program for Grand China Airlines, Lucky Air, Tianjin Airlines, West Air, Capital Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, and Hong Kong Express Airlines. It is also a codeshare partner with Air Berlin. Hainan Airlines aircraft have a trademark yellow symbol on a red tail and wingtips.
Hainan Airlines offers three easy options for check-in:
Airport Counter Check-in: Check-in for your flight when you arrive at the airport at any of Hainan Airlines counters. This is the best option if you need any advice or assistance with special requirements or clarifications.
Checked Luggage Restrictions for Hainan Airlines
Checked luggage allowances are dependent on the route you’re flying with Hainan Airlines. For Economy Class passengers travelling between China and Canada, up to two pieces of checked luggage are allowed and each piece must not exceed total dimensions (L + W + H) of 158 cm. First and Business Class passengers are allowed up to three pieces of luggage weighing up to 32 kg and measuring no more than 158 cm each. Infants are allowed one piece of luggage weighing no more than 23 kg and measuring no more than 115 cm, while overseas students and new immigrants can carry up to three pieces of luggage weighing up to 23 kg and measuring 158 cm each.
Fortune Wings Gold and Silver Card members are allowed an additional piece of baggage with a maximum weight of 32 kg in Business Class and 23 kg in Economy Class. Each should not measure more than 158 cm.
For a full list of checked luggage allowances for all routes on Hainan Airline visit the airline website at (http://global.hnair.com/en/Classlist.php?bo=bottom/Faqs/booking_ticketing.html).
Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for Hainan Airlines
Carry-on Baggage restrictions depend on the route you’re flying. For China-USA routes, the carry-on baggage is limited to one piece of baggage and one personal article (handbag, briefcase, computer case, diaper bag, etc) for all passengers. The baggage should be less than 10 kg, with a total dimension (L+ W + H) of 115 cm while the personal article should not exceed 38x28x15 cm.
For all other routes, First and Business Class passengers can carry two bags, each weighing not more than 10 kg and not exceeding more than 38x28x15 cm. Economy passengers are restricted to one item of baggage not exceeding 10 kg and measuring 20x40x55 cm. Coats, umbrellas, walking aids, cameras, etc, are not counted towards this allowance. For a full list of baggage allowances, check Hainan Airlines page on cabin baggage (http://global.hnair.com/en/Classlist.php?id=Hainan_Experience/Before_The_Flight/Baggage/Cabin_Baggage.html)
Hainan Airlines Special Luggage Requirements
If you’re travelling with recreational firearms or bulky sporting equipment, Hainan Airlines has allowances for this baggage which is outlined on its website (http://global.hnair.com/en/Classlist.php?bo=bottom/Faqs/booking_ticketing.html).
Hainan Airlines offers three options for seating on their flights:
Economy class on the A330-200 and Boeing 767-300 has a distance of approximately 81.2 cm between seats, while the Airbus 340-600 has between 81.28-86.3 cm. All Airbus seats have a personalized entertainment system (22.6 cm on A330-200, 22.8 cm on A340-600) and are arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.
Business Class (Premium Business Class on China-US flights) has a seat gap of 187.9 cm on the Airbus A330-200, 152.4 cm on the Airbus A340-600, and 119.3 cm on the Boeing 767-300. In-flight entertainment can be enjoyed on a 26.4 cm LCD screen on the A340-600, and on a 26.9 cm screen on the A330-200. Seats are arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration. Seats on the A330-200 have laptop power outlets, recline to 180°, and passengers can ask for extra silk pillows or slippers, and screen dividers between seats.
Eight First Class flatbed seats are offered on the Airbus A340-600 with 200.6 cm spacing between seats. The seats recline to 180° and are equipped with a 26.4 cm LCD screen.http://global.hnair.com/en/Classlist.php?id=Hainan_Experience/At_The_Airport/Worldwide_Airport/city.html).
Depending on which route you’re flying with Hainan Airlines, a variety of food, beverage and entertainment options are available. For a complete list of flight options on all Hainan Airlines flights, visit the airline website. (http://global.hnair.com/en/classlist.php?id=Hainan_Experience/Before_The_Flight/Baggage/Cabin_Baggage.html)
Premium Classes (First and Business) have the same in-flight entertainment options as in Economy Class but on larger screens. Also on offer are a wide range of beverages, gourmet Chinese and Western entrees, and side dish options. International routes may have the departure country’s food on the menu as well. A ‘Savouring Tea’ service provides passengers with the opportunity to sample a wide range of Chinese teas.
Hainan Airlines operates a fleet of 104 aircraft consisting of 88 Boeing 737-300s, three Boeing 767-300s, seven Airbus 330-200s, three Airbus 330-300s, and three Airbus 340-600s.http://www.hainanair.us/fortune-wings-club.aspx).