Citing weaker travel demand in the middle of the ongoing US-China trade war, Air China announced it will suspend its flights between Beijing and Honolulu starting August 27.
Air China's decision will follow Hawaiian Airlines which also ended its own Honolulu-Beijing service in 2018, leaving the route unserved by the end of the month. The Chinese carrier's flights to Honolulu is operated on a thrice-weekly schedule using Airbus A330 aircraft, and had initial plans to suspend the service from August 6 to October 28.
While Beijing will not be served with non-stop flights, China Eastern operates a six-times weekly service to Shanghai-Pudong using Airbus A330 aircraft. Travelers also have connecting options via Tokyo or Seoul.
According to Chinese aviation data company Variflight, the Honolulu-Beijing service was operating below Air China's performance on other routes. Air China's Honolulu service had a load factor of around 66.37% in 2018, while the airline's overall international route average was around 76.69%. When compared to the airline's other US routes such as Beijing-New York and Beijing-Los Angeles, the US Department of Transportation reported those routes had a load factor of 81% and 83%.