United Airlines has launched nonstop flights
linking the airline’s San Francisco hub with Chengdu, China, the
fourth-largest Chinese city.
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.
“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 Chengdu,”
said 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 Sichuan cuisine,
Chengdu will be a popular destination for both business and
Flight 9 will depart San Francisco International
Airport at 13:25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and
arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 18:40 the
following day (all times local).
Flight 8 will
depart at 09:50 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrive
at San Francisco International Airport at 08:40 the same day.
Flying times will be approximately 14 hours, 15
minutes westbound and 13 hours, 50 minutes eastbound.
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