1st direct flight from Amsterdam arrives at Las Vegas’ McCarran airport

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are marking the start of direct KLM Royal Dutch Airlines service from Amsterdam following the arrival of the first scheduled flight.

A water arch ceremony greeted the Boeing 787-9 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol after it landed a little before 2 p.m. Thursday at McCarran International Airport.

The flight took 10 hours and 20 minutes.

KLM President and CEO Pieter Elbers says Las Vegas is KLM’s 18th North Atlantic destination.

Airport executive Rosemary Vassiliadi says that beginning July 2, flights seating 294 passengers will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

McCarran airport is a short distance from the Las Vegas Strip.

It handled almost 50 million passengers in calendar 2018, making it one of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. based on passenger count.

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