Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) said that on Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved Hainan Airlines’ application to launch the first-ever nonstop flights from Beijing to Las Vegas.
The historic new route connecting Las Vegas to Beijing will begin on December 2 and operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, initially. The route will feature Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with 177 economy class seats and 36 business class lie-flat seats between China and North America, according to the Las vegas Review-Journal.
Introductory fares start at $650, including taxes and fees, for outbound travel between December 2 and December 8, or from December 27 to April 28, for round trip travel from Las Vegas to Beijing and various points beyond in China and Asia, according to the report. While round trip tickets for holiday travel start at $1,100, including taxes and fares, for flights between December 10 and December 24 from Las Vegas to Beijing and several points beyond.
According to the news agency, at 13:30pm, Hainan flight 7970 will depart Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and arrive at 5:30pm the next day at Beijing’s Capital Airport, with allowances for connections to other points in China. Flight 7969 will depart from Beijing at 2:20pm and arrive in Las Vegas at 10:30am the same day. During the summer season, Las Vegas times are one hour later. The duration of the nonstop flight is approximately 12 hours eastbound and 13 hours westbound.
Tickets can now be purchased via travel websites and travel agents, as well as online at hainanairlines.com or its call center at 1-888-688-8813.
Brokerage Union Gaming said earlier in the year, that on the conservative side, estimates indicate that approximately 300,000 Chinese travelers already make the overseas journey to Las Vegas every year, arriving first from other cities. The brokerage said, “First, direct flights would allow Chinese travelers to spend more time in Las Vegas and ultimately spend more money. Second, incremental flights and carriers would likely follow suit after the first three flights begin. We believe the first direct flights into Las Vegas could just be the tip of the iceberg as it relates to direct service between Las Vegas and China,” according to an Asia Gaming Brief.