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December 6, 2016

Air Travel: New Flights to Beijing, Cuba




Hainan Airlines vice president of marketing Hou Wei, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority president Rossi Ralenkotter; and World Tourism Cities Federation deputy secretary-general and Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development delegation member Li Baochun at the launch event for Hainan Airlines’ new Beijing - Las Vegas flights.
Hainan Airlines vice president of marketing Hou Wei, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority president Rossi Ralenkotter; and World Tourism Cities Federation deputy secretary-general and Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development delegation member Li Baochun at the launch event for Hainan Airlines’ new Beijing - Las Vegas flights. 

Here’s the latest air travel news to stay on top of this week. 

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. Hainan Airlines now operates 10 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 Wi-Fi. Business Class passengers also get BOSE noise-canceling headphones, BVLGARI toiletry bags, Sola stainless steel dinnerware, and Michelin-star cuisine.

Cuba was also top of mind in air travel news this week as major U.S. airlines began to officially resume service to the country after more than 50 years. Delta resumed flights with service from Miami, New York-JFK and Atlanta to Havana. Similarly, United Airlines launched its own first flight to Havana from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic signed an agreement with the United States to open a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance facility at Punta Cana International Airport. The agreement, which was first reported by Travel Agent back in April, means that travelers can undergo CBP immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections before boarding a flight to the United States rather than upon arrival, speeding wait times. 

Finally, looking further ahead, Hawaiian Airlines has announced plans to add three new aircraft to its fleet, one A330-200 and two A321neos. The new planes will enable the airline to retire its fleet of Boeing 767s early by the end of 2018 while supporting growth in medium- and long-haul flights. 

Keep visiting www.internationalmeetingsreview.com for more air travel news and updates. 


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