Background and Ticketing
I bought these tickets as part of a return leg from a wedding in Maryland and a week in sunny Virginia Beach, VA. When I fly back to BOS from the Hampton Road area I have a choice of two airports, Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and Newport News International Airport (PHF). Richmond’s Byrd International Airport (RIC) is also an option but it is an hour and half from VA Beach. Southwest and US Airways Express offer the lowest priced option from ORF and Delta Connection from PHF. Before the merger of Southwest and Airtran there was a direct flight between BOS-PHF on a Boeing 717 which began my love for that aircraft that I blogged about here. I miss that flight as it was direct, no fee for a checked bag, on a 717 and never full. This time I went with Southwest out of ORF connecting in BWI as they had the lowest price at $94 and I could check a bag for free. I rarely ever check a bag on short flights but this time I wanted to throw caution to the wind, it almost can back to bite me. I also would much rather fly on a 737 instead of cramming into a CRJ on US Air and I wanted to continue building my Southwest rapid rewards points.
The last twelve months for Boston Logan Airport have been important in terms of international route growth. Logan has added four new carriers Copa, Emirates, Turkish and now Hainan Airlines. There would have been a fifth but Wow Air out of Reykjavik has shelved their plans to fly to Boston for now. One of the most important and anticipated additions is certainly Hainan.
North American passengers probably haven’t heard much about Hainan, but like other Chinese carriers they are growing fast. With the addition of a Chinese carrier, Boston is solidifying itself as a top destination for business and leisure travel. Boston was one of the top US markets not to have a flight to mainland China, not capitalizing on the immense wealth growth of Chinese nationals. Connecting the large population of Chinese residence and immigrants in the Boston area has long been a target on the radar of politicians and businesses. Hainan Airlines is here to fill that need.
First Ever Boston to Beijing Flight
We had a successful event last Wednesday night at Greentown Labs at 28 Dane Street, Somerville, MA – an awesome and bright co-working and lab space. As usual, Somerville and Cambridge never disappoint as a hub of startup innovation, intellect, and passion – perfectly reflective of the core values that DukeGEN Boston aims to foster. Our discussion on why startups fail similarly didn’t fail to disappoint. More pictures can be seen here.
Getting around Boston Logan for international travel has always been a little more difficult than other airports. Terminal E seems overextended and difficult to manage (it’s not the friendliest). You can have problems trying to find a place to sit down and security lines can back up for hours; once you get through security, however, there are plenty of interesting options of things to do around this international terminal.
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The team here at tripchi has been diligently hard at work developing the app that will change the way people interact when traveling in airports. As we work internally to make strides every day we are also very active in the entrepreneurship community here in Boston Massachusetts. Next week on Wednesday, March 13th if we place in the top 4 of a voting poll for the Mass Innovation group we will get a chance to present to a large group of fellow entrepreneurs, start ups, investors, and I am sure a wide variety of other people who will attend. Here is a link to the specific event for next Wednesday.