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Hainan Airlines Launching Flights from Beijing to Las Vegas

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Good news for Beijing-based travelers who’d rather visit Las Vegas than Macau: Hainan Airlines just announced that it will launch a new flight between the Chinese capital and Sin City later this year. The carrier will be the first to offer nonstop service between mainland China and Las Vegas.

Starting December 2, 2016, the airline will operate the following flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:

  • HU7970: Las Vegas (LAS) 12:30pm Departure ⇒ Beijing (PEK) 5:30pm (+1) Arrival
  • HU7969: Beijing (PEK) 2:20pm Departure ⇒ Las Vegas (LAS) 10:30am Arrival
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Hainan Airlines will be the first carrier to offer nonstop service between mainland China and Las Vegas. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Flights will be on board the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen reviewed business class on this aircraft earlier this year, and overall he enjoyed the experience — though he thought the onboard amenities were more impressive than the seats themselves.

While these flights will be the first nonstop options connecting mainland China and Las Vegas, they aren’t the first between Sin City and Asia. Korean Air currently operates flights between LAS and Seoul-Incheon (ICN) four times a week.

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Business-class seats on the carrier’s 787 are in a 2-2-2 configuration.

Hainan Airlines’ new route will likely be the most popular with Beijing-based tourists looking to gamble and otherwise let loose in Vegas. While we’ve heard reports that some hotels in Macau, “China’s Vegas,” have been known to fly their biggest spenders out to LAS in private jets, not everyone is entitled to such VIP treatment  — in which case the carrier’s 787 business class cabin could be a great option.

Tickets for this new route aren’t bookable yet, but once they are you’ll likely be able to redeem miles through Alaska Airlines to book award seats, thanks to the recently introduced partnership. Barring any changes to the award chart, one-way economy tickets should start at 30,000 miles, while a round-trip business-class award should cost 100,000 miles.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

Featured image courtesy of Boeing.

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