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LAS VEGAS (October 13, 2014) – New York-New York Hotel & Casino starting “spreading the luck” today to unsuspecting passengers of Southwest Airlines’ first-ever direct flight from Dallas’ Love Field to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Southwest’s founders Herb Kelleher and Colleen Barrett, who launched the airline in 1971, were on hand at Love Field to greet the passengers of Flight #393 as they boarded for Las Vegas.

To begin their lucky journey, passengers arrived at their seats to find a gift bundle from New York-New York containing exclusive comps to restaurants and shops at the hotel as well as a T-shirt to commemorate the occasion. Every gift they received came in pairs, so each passenger could share their luck with someone else.

Throughout the flight, guests were invited to spin the “Spread the Luck” prize wheel as they enjoyed a welcome departure from the standard in-flight pretzels with sweet snacks from HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD retail store at New York-New York.

Prior to landing in Las Vegas, each passenger on board was presented with a complimentary two-night stay at New York-New York, two tickets to Zumanity,The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil and a $100 food & beverage credit to use during their visit.

Today’s celebratory flight to Las Vegas marks the lifting of the Wright Amendment which, since 1980, prohibited airlines from offering direct passenger flights from Love Field to domestic destinations. Southwest will now offer three daily non-stop flights from Dallas to Las Vegas.
About New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Inspired by the famous energy and landmarks of the iconic original, New York-New York Hotel & Casino features 12 New York-style skyscrapers showcasing 2,023 guest rooms and suites. Other nods to the Big Apple include a 150-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty and a 300-foot-long newly redesigned replica of the Brooklyn Bridge. Within the resort, guests discover all the excitement of the city that never sleeps including the provocative and sensuous Cirque du Soleil production, Zumanity; the thrilling Roller Coaster; and the fun-filled dueling pianos of the Bar at Times Square. A dynamic new plaza experience features fun and unique dining and retail destinations including a two-story flagship Hershey’s Chocolate World, Shake Shack, Tom’s Urban, Swatch, Stupidiotic and
I Heart New York-New York. Tantalizing restaurants inside the hotel include Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Il Fornaio and Nine Fine Irishmen, an authentic pub offering the best of Irish drink, food and music. Additionally, New York-New York offers more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space and a rejuvenating spa and salon. New York-New York is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit, call toll free at (866) 815-4365 or find us on Facebook and Twitter

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Stacy Hamilton
MGM Resorts International Public Relations
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