Travelers in Las Vegas will soon have their first-ever nonstop flight to China, as Hainan Airlines recently filed an application with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to launch a new route connecting Las Vegas to Beijing. Upon approval, the service will begin December 2, 2016 and will initially operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Chinese tourists are one of the fastest-growing and largest-spending groups of international visitors to Las Vegas.
The new route is part of Hainan’s large-scale expansion in North America. On the west coast, Hainan already operates nonstop service between Silicon Valley (SJC) and Beijing, Los Angeles (LAX) and Changsha, and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Beijing and Shanghai. This complements the airline’s nonstop routes between Beijing and Chicago, Boston, Calgary and Toronto, and between Shanghai and Boston.