KLM Will Fly 747s to Vegas for a Short Time

Jun 19, 2018

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws enormous numbers of tech aficionados to Las Vegas every January — this year, 175,000 people attended it. Next year, some of those attendees, coming from more than 150 countries, will have a chance to get there in an increasingly rare way: Flying in on a Boeing 747.

Dutch flag carrier KLM will be offering non-stop flights from Amsterdam (AMS) to Las Vegas (LAS) in the days leading up to CES 2019 and one return flight on the last day of the show. The flights will be operated on none other than the Queen of the Skies — the Boeing 747-400 that is. Here are the special routes that KLM will be offering:

  • January 6, 2019KL613 Amsterdam (AMS) 9:55am Departure → Las Vegas (LAS) 1:15pm Arrival
  • January 7, 2019KL615 Amsterdam (AMS) 9:55am Departure → Las Vegas (LAS) 1:15pm Arrival
  • January 11, 2019KL619 Las Vegas (LAS) 4:45pm Departure Amsterdam (AMS) 11:35am (+1) Arrival

Since KLM isn’t offering service back to Amsterdam on the 6th and 7th, the 747s will continue on to Los Angeles (LAX) and then operate the non-stop flight to Amsterdam (AMS). Unfortunately, this won’t count as a fifth freedom route so there’s no way to book the 747 between LA and Vegas — even if you’re originating in Amsterdam.

KLM, which does not regularly fly to LAS, isn’t the only carrier to add service to Las Vegas just for the show. KLM’s alliance partner in SkyTeam, Delta, will also offer non-stop service from AMS to LAS on the 6th and 7th and return service on the 11th and 12th, operated by its A330-300. Additionally, Air France and Delta will offer a total of 10 flights between Paris CDG and LAS on January 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12, using the 777-300ER and A330-300, respectively.

All of KLM’s 747s have been refitted to offer lie-flat business class seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration. Since KLM does not offer a first class product, booking one of these seats would be a great opportunity to fly in the nose of a 747.

The 2-2 layout through most of the cabin isn't competitive these days.

While this will be the first time KLM offers scheduled service to Las Vegas, it won’t be the first time McCarran International Airport sees a 747. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic regularly fly 747s there as well.

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