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Singapore Airlines To Fly Hong Kong To LAS  
User currently offlineCbqfan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 47 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Didn't see this posted yet.

Singapore Airlines announced today it will start non-stop Hong Kong/LAS service commencing August 2nd using a 777. I can't wait for that! There will be three weekly flights originating in Singapore, stopping in Hong Kong, then continuing on to Las Vegas.

For the full story, see:
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/business/2002/jan/28/512952649.html

cbqfan



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User currently offlineBoeingfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

There's an add for SQ... Singapore girl standing infront of the Bellagio, Bally's or Circus, Circus?

User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3006 times:

These flights have been showing up in OAG for about 2 months now. Not sure why it took so long for the official announcement from SQ...??? Altough the date has been brought forward from Sep 1 to Aug 2.

MD


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

You know that it is going to be a full flt and staff will not be able to get on unless they buy a ticket. and the fares right now are pretty low considering what they could be.


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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

Can a B777 with 120ETOPS fly this route?


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User currently offlineJaseWGTN From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 823 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

Here is the article:

January 28, 2002

Las Vegas to get direct flights from Hong Kong
By Richard N. Velotta

LAS VEGAS SUN

Singapore Airlines, giving a boost to the Las Vegas hotel-gambling industry, is planning the first nonstop flights between Hong Kong and Las Vegas beginning in August.

A spokeswoman for the company, which has a U.S. office in Los Angeles, said flights would begin Aug. 2. The company already has begun offering seats for sale on computer systems used by travel agents.

The airline, operated by the SIA Group of Singapore, plans three flights a week originating in Singapore, stopping in Hong Kong, then flying directly to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. The return flight would go directly to Hong Kong and continue to Singapore.

The news is important to the Southern Nevada tourism sector, which includes the hotel, gambling and retail industries. The sector saw a dramatic decline in visitation from Asian customers after the terrorism in September.

Las Vegas Strip casino executives have said this business is starting to recover, but the slowdown has taken a heavy financial toll already, most notably in baccarat play. Win from baccarat -- the chosen game of Asian high-rollers -- fell 28 percent on the Strip in October, then plummeted more than 80 percent in November. In November, the plunge in baccarat play was the cause of nearly all of the state's 7 percent-plus decline in gaming win.

With its proximity to China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines and other Southeast Asia nations, Hong Kong is a key international finance and trade center. With a population of more than 7 million, the former British colony was turned over to Chinese control in 1997.

Harry Kassap, manager of air service development at McCarran, said although he has not officially been notified of Singapore's service plans he is enthused with the prospect of the airline beginning service in Las Vegas.

"We have a first-class stable of international carriers in JAL (Japan Airlines), Virgin Atlantic and with Air Canada, Mexicana and Aeromexico, and now with Singapore," Kassap said.

Mike Boyd, an airline analyst with the Boyd Group, Evergreen, Colo., said he was "exceedingly impressed with the announcement" and said the move by Singapore is a good indication that the airline has faith that the Asian economy is poised to rebound.

"They (Singapore) would not announce something like this unless they had a pretty good indication that the Asian economy is going to come back," Boyd said. "It's great for Las Vegas if (the airline) sees a rebound in Asian traffic."

Boyd said Northwest Airlines, Minneapolis, shares the same optimism and plans to bring back some of its routes between Asia and North America.

Kassap said direct service from Hong Kong would give Asian travelers more options to fly nonstop to Las Vegas. Japan Airlines, which suspended its five nonstop flights a week between Tokyo and McCarran in October after a dramatic downturn in traffic following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, plans to resume some Las Vegas flights in March and will return to five a week by June.

Without the nonstop flights, Asian travelers usually take transpacific flights to the U.S. West Coast, then catch a one-hour flight to Las Vegas. International travelers prefer the nonstop options because they can save three hours or more to get to their destination. Immigration and customs inspections at McCarran also are considerably faster than they are in Los Angeles and San Francisco because there are fewer people in line.

Singapore's appearance in Las Vegas would represent the third nonstop overseas flight to Las Vegas, with JAL offering Tokyo service, and Virgin Atlantic Airlines flying directly between London and McCarran. Condor Airlines has had seasonal flights between Frankfurt and Las Vegas, but presently isn't offering the route.

In addition, there are three air carriers offering flights between Las Vegas and three Canadian cities and four airlines with flights between Las Vegas and four locations in Mexico.

According to computerized schedules, Singapore Airline's 15-hour, 7,286-mile Hong Kong flight would leave Las Vegas at 11:55 p.m., arriving at 5:55 a.m. two days after departure. The 13-hour and 45-minute return flight leaves Hong Kong at 8:55 p.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 7:40 p.m. the same day.

The unusual times result from flying over the International Date Line.

Singapore will use a twin-engine Boeing 777 jumbo jet on the route.

The airline already offers direct flights overseas to San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles International Airport, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark, N.J.

The destinations Singapore Airlines serves overseas reads like an international travelogue. Among the cities on the airline's route: London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Athens, Bangkok, Berlin, Cape Town, Cairo and Beijing. The airline offers connecting flights to several destinations in Asia from its Singapore headquarters.

The company's fleet is comprised of 88 passenger jets and 11 freight-hauling planes.

In late 2001 the airline received several awards, including Best Overall Airline, Best First Class, Best Business Class-International Flights and Best Trans-Pacific Business Class from Business Traveller International. The company also was rated as the Best International Carrier by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine in its Conde Nast Traveler Awards. It was the 13th time in 14 years that the airline won that award.

In August Singapore introduced the SpaceBed, a seat that reclines into a flat bed for long flights.com


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

This was posted a long time ago.

User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

Somehow I feel that this route might end up the same way as SQ36/35.

Could somebody tell me if SIA would be the first airline to offer an international direct flight out of LAS VEGAS? I've been there only once in 1988, so I reckon lots have changed.

Cheerios



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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Virgin fly to Vegas like 2 times a week.Or Did, might have changed post Sep 11?

User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

JAL flew to Las Vegas from Narita.Though it has been suspended.

And yes, this have been posted a long long time ago, i even remember posting one that was saying SQ postponed the plan in October.

Best Regards


User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Donder and SPK

Thanks, I didnt really think Vegas could support be supported as International destination. Does the JAL and Virgin fly there direct?



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User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

The newspaper article seemed focused on Hong Kong more than Singapore. Like, it was "Las vegas to get direct flights to Hong Kong" and NOT "Las vegas to get direct flights to Singapore and Hong kong" It also did not give the times that the flight would arrive and depart from Singapore, using Hong Kong instead. And the close proximity Hong Kong was to other South East Asian nations, when it's Singapore that's IN South East Asia itself.

Hopefully they in the Las Vegas Sun do realise that SIA is the flag carrier of Singapore and not Hong Kong.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

hehe  Big thumbs up

Well this is excellent news for Singapore Airlines! Ahead of schedule as well which is good. Originally it was intended for September.

I think this move by the Group is very good as it shows re-affirmed commitment to expanding air travel, even though the industry is in short-term (I hope) financial difficulty.

Shining casinos and bingo halls.
The car to the hotel
SQ To Las Vegas

(The SQ To... campaign, though I actually made it up  Laugh out loud)



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Looks like I have to make the 4 hour drive out there next fall and shoot it.

LGB


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6587 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

It's good to shoot SQ planes!

User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

JAL will return to Las Vegas this March, with 2 flights a week.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

I almost never shoot SQ planes !!. Unless they are new.

User currently offlineHa2vegas From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

Tsentsan, LAS does very well as an international airport:

Virgin is 2/weekly non-stop to London, planned to return to the pre-Sept 11 3/weekly by summer
JAL is 2/weekly direct to Tokyo, planned to return to pre-Sept 11 5/weekly by Summer
Air Canada daily to Toronto
Aeromexico, Mexicana, Allegro, Aviacsa all have frequent flights to several Latin American destinations


User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 2680 times:

Does anyone know when in March JAL is coming back. I am going to be in vegas the 8-10 of march and I was curious if i might get to see a JAL plane in person for the first time. I am counting on it being the first time I will get to see an Alaska Air plane in person.  Smile

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6587 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

You need a very big gun to shoot.....

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