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Yao flies to Houston; will attend Dwight Howard press conference

July 11th, 2013
by John

Yao has planned for awhile to fly from Beijing to Houston on Air China’s inaugural non-stop flight between the two cities, only the 4th U.S. city that Air China now flies non-stop from Beijing, behind New York, L.A. and San Francisco. So it’s kind of a big deal.

Since Yao is a goodwill ambassador for Houston, it made sense for Air China to invite him to fly on their first flight to Houston from Beijing. So this trip has obviously been planned for quite some time. But it’s great timing since Yao will be able to attend Dwight Howard’s first press conference on Saturday welcoming him as a Houston Rocket. That should be a pretty cool press conference since we understand Hakeem Olajuwon will also be there. Nice touch by these Rocket legends to be there to welcome Dwight to Houston.

Below are some photos that Raymond posted in the forum of Yao at the ceremony at the Beijing airport before he departed on his flight to Houston.

July 11th, 2013 - Yao Ming signs a model Air China plane before departing on its inaugural flight from Beijing to Houston

July 11th, 2013 - Yao Ming poses with Air China personnel before departing on the airline's inaugural flight between Beijing and Houston

July 11th, 2013 - Yao Ming takes photos before departing on the airline's inaugural flight between Beijing and Houston

Click here for more photos from the Air China ceremony.

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