United Airlines Starts First-Ever Direct Flight From D.C. to Beijing

United Airlines will introduce the first-ever nonstop flight between Washington, D.C., and Beijing on March 28, which could make travel more convenient for businessmen and students alike.

United’s new 14-hour capital-to-capital service shaves two to three hours in travel time from past D.C.-Beijing flights that included one, and sometimes two, stops.

The benefits from the faster service may extend to the university, as Georgetown offers two study abroad sites in Beijing and sends students there for the fall, spring and summer terms.

Instructor Juei-Chen Hsiao of the department of East Asian languages and cultures said that the direct service from Washington to Beijing will make travel for students much more convenient, but she doubted the service would attract many more Beijing study-abroad applicants.

“If students are going to China, they choose to go to study, not because of flight options,” she said.

The flight will go from Washington Dulles International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport.

– Kevin Hartnett

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