United spreads wings in China

United Airlines will add more flights to China next year, with the addition of extra seasonal services from San Francisco – the airline’s “trans-Pacific gateway hub”.

United flies its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Chengdu
United flies its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Chengdu

The current daily service between San Francisco and Shanghai will increase to two daily flights from 6 May 24 October 2015, while the current three-times-a-week service between San Francisco and Chengdu will increase to daily from 4 June to 1 September 2015.

“United has the most extensive trans-Pacific route network of any US airline,” said Jake Cefolia, United’s vice president for Atlantic & Pacific sales.

“These new flights will further strengthen United’s presence in the region and will offer our customers unparalleled choice and convenience when travelling to China this summer.”

The second daily flight to Shanghai, operated using a 269-seat, four-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft, will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1440 and arrive at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 1900 the following day. The return flight will then leave Pudong at 2100 and arrive back in San Francisco at 1740 the same day.

The daily flight to Chengdu will depart San Francisco at 1320 and arrive at the Sichuan capital’s Shuangliu International Airport at 1840 the next day. The outbound flight will then leave Chengdu at 0950 and arrive back in San Francisco at 0830 the same day. This service will be operated using a 219-seat, three-class Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

United started flying to China in 1986 and now operates multiple routes to the country, including from Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC to Beijing; Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to Shanghai; and Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Guam to Hong Kong, as well as the San Francisco-Chengdu service.

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