On June 1, 2016, United (UAL) began non-stop San Francisco-Singapore service, then the longest Boeing 787 flight in the world as well as the longest scheduled flight by any U.S. carrier.
The flight seems to have gone well -- well enough that United said it will add another, even longer Boeing (BA) 787-9 flight to Singapore, this time from Los Angeles.
Service will begin Oct. 27, pending government approval.
At 8,700 miles, Los Angeles-Singapore would become the third-longest flight in the world as well as the longest U.S. origination flight and the longest Boeing 787 flight.
"San Francisco-Singapore has done extremely well and there has been a chorus of passengers within the L.A. basin asking for non-stop service to Singapore," said Patrick Quayle, United vice president of international network.
The demand is primarily from business passengers bound for Singapore, Quayle said, adding, "Singapore is a great global economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia."
Passengers who want to fly beyond Singapore can board flights on Singapore Airlines, which like United is a Star Alliance member.
On the San Francisco-Singapore route, about 70% of the traffic originates in the U.S., which is unsurprising since Singapore Airlines also operates between the two cities, utilizing an Airbus A350.
Currently, according to OAG, the world's three-longest flights are Qatar's 9,026-mile Doha-Auckland flight aboard a Boeing 777; Emirates' 8,819-mile Dubai-Auckland flight aboard an Airbus A380 and Qantas' 8,576-mile Sydney-Dallas flight, also aboard an A380.
Fourth is San Francisco-Singapore, which is 8,435 miles. (United has the mileage at 8,446, differing by 11 miles from the OAS measurement).
The Boeing 787-9 has the longest range among Boeing's 787 family. At 8,700 statute miles, Los Angeles-Singapore is at the top end of the range, Quayle said. United will operate the aircraft with 252 seats in two classes. The first 787-9 flew its first commercial flight for ANA in August 2014.