direct China-Las Vegas flights to launch this year

The first direct flights from mainland China to Las Vegas will take off in this winter.

 

Hainan Airlines has revealed that it will start operating its new trans-Pacific route between Beijing and Nevada’s “Sin City” on 2 December 2016. This follows the US Department of Transportation’s decision on 12 September to allow the airline to proceed with its plans.

 

Following the launch date, flights will operate three times a week departing Beijing’s Capital International Airport every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 13.30 hrs and arriving at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport at 09.40 hrs the same day, having crossed the International Date Line. The return service will leave Las Vegas at 11.40 hrs on the same days of the week, arriving back in the Chinese capital at 16.40 hrs the next day.

 

Hainan Airlines will deploy its two-class 213-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on the route, which includes 36 flat bed seats in the premium cabin.

 

Las Vegas will become Hainan Airlines’ sixth U.S. destination, following Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. Hainan Airlines won’t be the first Asian airline in Las Vegas however; Korean Air already flies direct to the city from Seoul.

 

The U.S. gaming hub is already a popular draw for Chinese visitors and the development of a series of new Asia-focused resorts will only enhance its appeal. The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is expected to open later this year, featuring an array of Asian offerings along with Chinese signage and staff. Genting Hong Kong is also developing a Chinese-themed integrated resort, Resorts World Las Vegas, which is expected to open in 2019.