American Adds Direct Las Vegas To Tokyo Flights For CES

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CES is one of Las Vegas’ biggest annual conventions, and airlines often add extra service in light of this. Not only do they often increase frequencies or upgrade aircraft types on existing routes, but sometimes they also temporarily add new routes altogether.

American Airlines will be operating nonstop flights between Tokyo Narita and Las Vegas between January 4 and 12, 2020. American has a joint venture with Japan Airlines, so the two airlines will be sharing revenue on the service, and it will offer all kinds of connecting opportunities within Asia.

The airline will use a Boeing 777-200 for the route, featuring 36 fully flat business class seats.

AA186 Tokyo Narita to Las Vegas departing 6:20PM arriving 11:35AM
AA187 Las Vegas to Tokyo Narita departing 11:15AM arriving 4:15PM (+1 day)

As you can see, the flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas lands 20 minutes before the flight from Las Vegas to Tokyo departs, so the airline will also be flying a 777-200 between Dallas and Las Vegas to make this route possible. That flight will operate with the following schedule:

AA2238 Dallas to Las Vegas departing 7:10AM arriving 8:00AM
AA749 Las Vegas to Dallas departing 2:00PM arriving 6:50PM

This will be the second year that American offers nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Tokyo for CES.

On top of that, American will be adding nonstop flights from Austin and San Jose to Las Vegas over CES.

Interestingly American wanted to launch year-round flights between Las Vegas and Tokyo Haneda, as part of the Haneda slot allocation for US airlines. Unfortunately this route wasn’t approved, in spite of it being a unique route. The reason is because of American’s four route requests for Haneda, they prioritized the Las Vegas flight last.

Nonetheless we’ll see nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Tokyo… though only for several days.

As far as other flights to Asia go, Las Vegas has nonstop year-round flights to Beijing on Hainan Airlines, and to Seoul Incheon on Korean Air.

  1. Last year as I recall it was a 787 and included a flight from LAS-ORD. Is this 777 continuing on to any other domestic hubs between flights?

  2. “the flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas lands 20 minutes before the flight from Las Vegas to Tokyo departs”

    After, not before?

  3. DL also has a one off PVG-LAS, as well as AMS-LAS & ICN-LAS in addition to the aforementioned NRT-LAS and CDG-LAS.

  4. I flew BKK-PVG(Beijing)-Las on Hainain return in economy once was so cheap, like $600-700usd.
    Was crazy cheap and flighy from PVG to LAS was barely full, I think I was the only Caucasian on the flight.
    It wasn’t pleasant with loud, unruly, obnoxious passengers and misbehaving kids but for that price I would do it again. Some excellent fares on this route even im business class can be bought originating in Thailand or even Hong Kong

  5. Yeah, don’t think this is really news, this happened last year and is commonplace for LAS this time of year.

  6. @Kyall — “I flew BKK-PVG(Beijing)-Las on Hainain return in economy once was so cheap, like $600-700usd.”

    PVG refers to Shanghai Pudong International Airport … did you mean PEK, instead, for Beijing?

  7. Nitpick: “direct” flight used to mean Point A to Point B with a stop, and no change of planes.

    “Nonstop” meant Point A to Point B with no stops. So when did “direct” replace “nonstop” in the airline operating nomenclature? Both still exist, especially on Southwest.

  8. Ben – I know you know better than this – is it “Direct” or “Non-Stop”? If Direct please tell me where it stops enroute (with same flight number). Pet peeve is people that have no clue saying a flight is direct when they mean non-stop but have no clue that each means something different in the airline business. Obviously you know the difference so why use the wrong term in the header (you correctly listed it as non-stop in the actual article)?

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