DENVER - The state of Colorado is spending about $124,000 to send several state officials on a trade mission to Asia.
They'll be part of a team of nearly 70 business, tourism, government, education and energy officials on the inaugural non-stop United Airlines Dreamliner flight from Denver International Airport to Tokyo, according to the Denver Post.
The state officials include tourism director Al Smith, governor's aide Jamie Van Leeuwen and Sandi Moilanen of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said last year that the new flight will generate more than $130 million in annual economic benefit to Colorado.
DIA has non-stop flights to Europe, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.