A little glitz and a sampling of a Las Vegas Strip dance and acrobatic performance marked the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas.
Area elected and tourism officials, a Hainan Airlines executive, and Luo Linquan, the consul general of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco, attended a Friday ceremony welcoming the start of scheduled passenger service between Las Vegas and Beijing.
The three-times-a-week flights through McCarran International Airport take 13 hours going west and 12 hours going east on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Direct passenger air service comes as casino companies court Chinese nationals and Chinese-Americans on and off the Las Vegas Strip.
A performance by the cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil was part of the festivities.
(The Associated Press)