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Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin nonstop service linking the airline's
San Francisco hub with
Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city, effective
June 9, 2014.
United intends to use the world's most advanced passenger airplane, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, to operate three-times-weekly service to
Chengdu. If approved,
Chengdu will be the ninth destination United serves in the
Asia/Pacific region nonstop from
San Francisco, from which United offers more nonstop trans-Pacific flights from
the United States than any other carrier – nearly twice as many as any airline from any West Coast city.
Flight ScheduleThe proposed flights, subject to government approval, will depart
San Francisco International Airport at
1:35 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at
6:50 p.m. the following day (all times local). Service from
Chengdu will depart at
10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at
San Francisco International Airport at
8:50 a.m. the same day. Flying times will be approximately 14 hours, 15 minutes westbound and 13 hours, 50 minutes eastbound. This new nonstop flight will shave nearly four hours off the typical travel time between the two cities.
About ChengduChengdu, the capital of
Sichuan province in southwest
China, is the country's fourth largest city, with a population of approximately 14 million in the urban area. In recent years,
Chengdu has been one of the country's fastest-developing cities economically, and more than 200 Fortune 500 companies have a presence in the city.
Sichuan is famous as the natural habitat of the giant panda and home to one of
China's most popular cuisines.
United's San Francisco HubFrom
San Francisco, United provides access to more than 300 destinations worldwide, with nonstop service to 80 destinations on five continents – more than any other carrier. The airline operates more nonstop China-U.S. flights, and to more cities in
China, than any other airline.
United's Service to ChinaUnited started nonstop service to mainland
China in 1986 and today serves
Beijing with nonstop flights from
San Francisco and
Shanghai with nonstop flights from
San Francisco; and
Hong Kong with nonstop flights from
Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City.
United is a founding member of
Star Alliance, the world's largest and most comprehensive airline alliance, whose other members include Air China. United and Air China have a bilateral partnership that includes codesharing on selected routes and provides customers of both carriers additional travel benefits such as airport lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity. Air
China offers flights to 59 cities from
Chengdu, many of which will offer same-day connections to United's new
Boeing 787 DreamlinerThe 787 Dreamliner is revolutionizing the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering greater operating efficiency and comfort and lower emissions than other aircraft. Customers experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. The aircraft's use of lightweight composites, together with its modern engines and improved aerodynamic design, allow it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.
United was the 787 North American launch customer and now has seven Dreamliners in its fleet. The airline has an additional 58 Dreamliners on order and expects to take delivery of one more from Boeing by the end of 2013.