Hainan Airlines kicked off its new non-stop service from Beijing to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with a 12-hour maiden voyage aboard a Kung Fu Panda-themed Boeing 787.
After landing, a welcoming ceremony was held by the the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at the arrivals hall in McCarran International Airport. Chinese Consul General in San Francisco Luo Linquan, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President Rossi Ralenkotter, Clark County Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis, McCarran International Airport Port Director Warren Eales, Hainan Airlines Vice President of Marketing Hou Wei and Brand Director Xu Fei, Las Vegas government officials, and representatives from local companies and chambers of commerce, Hainan Airlines VIP customers, and established media organizations took part in the welcoming ceremony.
Data from the U.S. government shows that close to 7.3 million Chinese tourists are projected to travel to the US between now and 2021. Since the launch of Hainan Airline’s Beijing-Seattle service in 2008, it has continued to expand its flight services to the U.S.
Hainan Airlines now operates ten China to North America routes, connecting Las Vegas, Seattle, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angles, Calgary, San Jose, and Boston to destinations across China. All of these routes are served by Boeing 787s equipped with in-flight WiFi, while its Business Class passengers are provided with BOSE noise-canceling headphones, BVLGARI toiletry bags, Sola stainless steel dinnerware, and Michelin-star cuisine.
Hainan Airlines has safely operated its fleet for 23 years and its flights have logged over 5 million hours. It was named as a SKYTRAX five-star airline for six consecutive years and ranked fifth in Airline Safety Ranking 2016 by JACDEC, a German airline safety data evaluation firm.
Hainan Airlines is the sole Chinese airline providing non-stop service between the two cities.