Non-stop to the Windy City

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 June, 1997, 12:00am

United Airlines is once again offering non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Chicago, the longest non-stop service in the world, at 12,461 kilometres.

The flight leaves Kai Tak three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 8.05 am. Return flights are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The service will operate only in the summer months when favourable weather makes the flight feasible.

United says the travel time from Chicago to Hong Kong is 15 hours 55 minutes, and from Hong Kong, 14 hours 30 minutes.

London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum will make a rare foray outside Europe when it brings many of its wax figures to Asia later this year. More than 100 statues in wax, representing some of the world's best-known figures of history and contemporary life, will 'tour' Southeast Asia and Australia, starting in Melbourne in October.

A new package holiday to Da Nang via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is available until November 30. The three-night tour includes one night in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh and two at the Furama Resort, Da Nang. Trips via Hanoi cost $4,280 (evening flight) or $4,680 (afternoon flight), and via Ho Chi Minh, $4,780.

The price also includes daily American breakfast and round-trip transfers to Da Nang. Flights are with Vietnam Airlines. See your travel agent.

Four Seasons/Regent hotels are offering special deals at selected hotels where guests staying four of five nights will be given a complimentary night's stay if they pay by American Express. The offer is available until September 30. Fax 2721-4400 or phone 2366-3361 for more details.