Hainan Airlines will launch nonstop service between Los Angeles and Xi’an, China, on Dec. 31. It will be the first scheduled service between the two cities and the only intercontinental route between Xi’an and the US. The twice-weekly flights will be equipped with Boeing 787-8 aircraft. All seats will offer an exclusive entertainment-on-demand system, and passengers will be offered a menu of Asian and European dishes. The use of portable electronic devices will be permitted on board during the entire length of the journey. Hainan Airlines already has several routes that originate in Xi'an, with services to Tokyo, Rome, Sydney and Melbourne. Once the Xi'an-Los Angeles service is launched, Los Angeles will  be not only a destination but also a convenient hub to transit to points all across the Americas.