The maiden voyage of Hainan Airlines’ new non-stop service took off from Beijing and landed at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas at 11:00 am on December 2, 2016, following a 12-hour journey.
The flight, serviced by a Boeing 787 with a Kung Fu Panda motif adorning the plane’s cabins, served as the announcement of Hainan Airlines’ formal launch of non-stop service between Beijing and Las Vegas. The new service further complements the airline’s intercontinental network. Hainan Airlines is the sole Chinese airline providing non-stop service between the two cities.
A brief yet grand welcoming ceremony for the maiden voyage was held by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at the arrivals hall in McCarran International Airport, after the plane landed at the 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, government officials of the City of Las Vegas, representatives from local companies and chambers of commerce, Hainan Airlines VIP customers and established media organizations took part in the welcoming ceremony. Mr. Hou and Ms Vassiliadis exchanged gifts having characteristics that represented the essence of their native nation or region, in celebration of the exciting moment when the maiden voyage of the Beijing-Las Vegas non-stop service touched down.
Data from the US 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 the Beijing-Seattle service in 2008, Hainan Airlines has continued to expand its flight services to the US. Hainan Airlines’ non-stop flight to Las Vegas adds an additional transportation choice for business travelers, international students and tourists traveling between China and the US.
Hainan Airlines now operates ten China- North American routes, connecting Seattle, Toronto, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angles, Calgary, San Jose and Boston to destinations in China. All of its airplanes serving North American routes are Boeing 787s equipped with in-flight WiFi. The airline provides its Business Class passengers with high-quality BOSE noise-cancelling headphones, BVLGARI-branded toiletry bags, Sola-branded stainless steel dinnerware and an airborne cuisine menu designed by Michelin-starred chefs, providing passengers with a comfortable, safe and hospitality-focused flight experience. The Kung Fu Panda design painted on the side of the plane and themed characters adorning the insides of cabins, combined with the fusion of the Oriental style of hospitability with modern creativity, serves as a dynamic approach that gives passengers an opportunity to get acquainted with Chinese culture during the flight.
Hainan Airlines has been committed to globalization for years based on an open and win-win principle. Since the airline’s first voyage, Hainan Airlines has safely operated its fleet for 23 years and its flights have logged over 5 million hours.