Saturday, December 3, 2016

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines commences non-stop flights to Las Vegas

(Hainan Airlines)

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)

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