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Passengers surprised with live Cirque du Soleil show in tribute to The Beatles at McCarran International

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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Love’ at McCarran International Airport

Passengers arriving in McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 1 baggage reclaim hall had a nice surprise waiting for them: a live performance by the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Love’. (Photo: Twitter @TheMirageLV)

When you’re on the road, or in the air, a nice surprise can go a long way to helping cheer you up, and travellers flying from San Francisco to Las Vegas last week certainly had something special waiting for them at both ends of the journey.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in Las Vegas to perform two shows back in 1964, the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Love’, a spectacular tribute to the British band, firstly put on a surprise performance for travellers waiting to depart from San Francisco International Airport.

Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas

Passengers onboard the Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas had the chance to have photos taken with the ‘Love’ cast, before the surprise performance upon arrival at McCarran International Airport. (Photos: Twitter @Cirque)

Then, after joining the performers on the Southwest Airlines flight to Las Vegas, passengers were greeted with a full-blown, three-song Cirque du Soleil performance in the Terminal 1 baggage reclaim hall complete with dancers, acrobats and even a vintage Volkswagen Beetle.

Here at FTE we’re always keen to promote the value of improving the passenger experience at every step of the journey, so we commend McCarran International Airport, Southwest Airlines and Cirque du Soleil for putting on this truly unique performance that will undoubtedly have made for a memorable travel experience.

McCarran International Airport will host Future Travel Experience Global 2014, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas from 24-26 September. The theme of the event is: ‘Redefining the end-to-end passenger experience’.

Among the organisations confirmed to speak at the event are Disney Destinations, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, San Francisco International Airport, Intel Labs, Air France-KLM, American Airlines, JetBlue, Avinor, Changi Airport Group, IATA, United Airlines, Vancouver Airport Authority, U.S. CBP, ANA, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Dubai Airports and many more. 

» More information on FTE Global 2014

Future Travel Experience Asia 2014

FTE Asia 2014, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 1-3 December 2014, will include a conference session entitled: 'How do we resolve key passenger pain points in Asia's airports, where queues are longer than passengers would like?' Paul Mewett, Director, Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority will deliver a presentation entitled: 'Resolving security screening and immigration processing queues', while Steven Dickson, Group Head, Ground and Inflight Operations, AirAsia will also take part in this session.

» View the full FTE Asia 'On the Ground' conference agenda

» Register to attend FTE Asia 2014


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