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June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
United Airlines today launches new nonstop service linking the airline's
San Francisco hub with
Chengdu, China, the fourth-largest Chinese city, becoming the first carrier to fly nonstop from the U.S. to mainland
Shanghai and the first U.S. carrier to serve
"United offers travelers more choices to more of the world than any other airline and we're proud to expand our global reach with the first trans-Pacific service to
Dave Hilfman, United's senior vice president of worldwide sales. "With more than 250 of the Fortune 500 companies located in the area, and as home to the giant panda and
Chengdu will be a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers."
United will use the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to operate the three-times-weekly service.
Chengdu is 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.
Flight ScheduleFlight 9 will depart
San Francisco International Airport at
1:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at
6:40 p.m. the following day (all times local). For the return, flight 8 will depart at
9:50 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive at
San Francisco International Airport at
8:40 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 half of the 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 HubUnited is the largest carrier at
San Francisco International Airport, offering nearly 300 daily flights to more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and around the world, more service than any other airline from the Bay Area. From its
San Francisco hub, United also offers more nonstop trans-Pacific service to and from
the United States than any other carrier hub. United currently operates more than 30 daily nonstop flights from
San Francisco to 21 international destinations and will add nonstop service from
San Francisco to
Tokyo's Haneda Airport in October, pending government approval.
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.
The airline recently announced it will add new twice-weekly service between
Oct. 28, 2014.
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 62 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 unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. In 2013, United's 787 had the highest customer satisfaction scores of any aircraft in its fleet. To date, United has flown its 787 fleet more than 30,000 hours on more than 4,400 flights. The airline now operates 10 787 Dreamliners with an additional 55 on order, including the 787-9.
The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large overhead bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.