Showing posts from July, 2015

Cherished Dream

Hainan Airlines San Jose to Beijing Inaugural
In February 2015, Hainan Airlines announced that they would start new service between Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC) and Beijing (PEK) in June using the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  As a resident of the San Jose area and a big fan of the 787, of course I had to fly on the inaugural flight.

To fully experience the airline’s much-touted “five-star” service, I purchased a ticket in Business Class for slightly over $3900 round trip, including taxes.  Although Hainan is not a member of an alliance, miles accrued in its Fortune Wings Club frequent flier program can be exchanged to other airlines or loyalty programs via

A couple weeks before my flight, the departure time changed 20 minutes from 1:10 pm to 1:30 pm.   I would not normally bat an eye at such an insignificant change.  However, I was surprised to receive phone calls from Hainan, China at all of my contact numbers – plus email – infor…